A young Pennsylvania girl who vanished several days ago after shopping at a nearby store was found dead Sunday, police said.
Shevy McGiffin, 13, disappeared Friday evening at about 7 p.m. after she went to buy a coloring book from the Comet Food Warehouse in Clarion, her father, Andrew James Schneider, said in a video posted to YouTube by news site Explore Clarion.
Her father also said in the video that a cashier reported Shevy had bought the book and left the store. That was reportedly the last time anyone had seen her alive. He feared she had been "taken."
"I had asked her dad if he'd seen her, and he said no, so we went to look for her, and I haven't seen her since then," Tina Schneider, Shevy's mom, said in a WTAE article.
Tina also posted on her Facebook before Shevy's body was found, saying: “It's going on 48 HOURS NOW !!!! I'M BEGGING where ever Shevy McGiffin is please bring her home to her family... Her brothers, I, her father and her whole family and friends miss her more then (sic) anything in this whole world.. My kid's are my world... my world right now is not complete without my babyygirl... I LOVE U SHEVY MCGIFFIN..... GOD PLEASE4 HELP BRING HER BACK TO HER FAMILY.”
McGiffin’s disappearance didn’t meet the requirements to issue an Amber Alert because police must confirm that a child has been abducted first, according to Clarion-State Police.
Sadly, Shevy’s body was found Sunday afternoon in Trout Run near the Clarion River by members of the Clarion Volunteer Fire Department, who were part of the search crew.
“She was a sweet girl. … She was a shy child, she kept to herself,” Shevy’s great aunt, Barbara McGiffin, told KDKA. “Why this had to happen, I don’t know. We don’t question the Lord on why things have to happen but — it did.”
Barbara also added that Shevy was not the type of girl to run away.
Police have not commented further, citing the active investigation.
The family has started a GoFundMe page to help cover funeral costs. As of Monday morning, the page had already exceeded its $5,000 goal.
An autopsy is scheduled for Monday, police said.