A missing teenager’s body has been found, burned beyond recognition in her underwear, in a rural part of Illinois. The teen, Andreayah McBain, 15, was last seen on October 19. Her mother had moved the family to Rockford, Illinois, after McBain had fallen in with a bad crowd and begun hanging out with people who were in their 20s and 30s.
Here’s what you need to know:
1. Her Death Is Being Investigated as a Murder
McBain’s body was found along Greenfield Road in Stephenson County, Illinois, reports WREX. Her body had been charred and she was in her underwear. She was found when the owner of a mobile home went out to clean the outside of his home. The owner described the victim as a “petite female.” WREX confirms that the Stephenson County Coroner’s office is treating her death as a murder.
2. Her Father Committed Suicide in 2007
In an extensive feature on McBain in the Rockford Register Star, it’s mentioned that McBain had a picture of her father on her dresser. The same article says that he committed suicide in 2007. A friend of the family, Amy McLane, commented on the Rockford Police Department Facebook posting about McBain, saying “It’s been extremely hard on the kids (Drea and her brother) since the death of their father a few years ago.” That same Facebook post refers to McBain as an “habitual runaway” but that during previous disappearances, she stayed in some contact with family.
3. Her Mother Had Been Trying to Get Her Into an Alternative High School
Her mother, Melody Gillespie, had been trying to get her daughter to attend the local East High School so that McBain could then transfer to an alternative high school, reports the Rockford Register Star. That same article mentions that McBain had recently failed to complete a home schooling qualification online. Her brother, Robert, told the Star “She’s been hanging out with the wrong crowd, older people, 25- to 30-year-olds. She had one friend lead her down the wrong path, and it was shady all of a sudden.”
McBain’s mother has remarried and has two other sons, aged 12 and 9. She heartbreakingly told the Star “I just keep waiting for her to come through the door.”
4. An Arrest Has Been Made in the Case
Police in Rockland, Illinois, have made an arrest in relation to the death of McBain, reports WIFR. No suspect has been named yet in the crime.
An autopsy is still pending to determine the exact cause of death.
5. Her Death Has Resulted in an Outpouring of Emotion on Twitter
News of McBain’s death has resulted in an outpouring of emotion on Twitter. Here are some of the most poignant: