Va. runaway's body is found in East Baltimore alley

November 04, 2008|By Justin Fenton | Justin Fenton,

The note left at her Alexandria, Va., home Friday told her parents not to worry - she had run away and wanted to be free.

But less than two days later, 16-year-old Annie McCann was found dead in an alley in the Perkins Homes public housing development in East Baltimore. Police are awaiting the results of an autopsy.

McCann, an 11th-grader at West Potomac High School, was last seen about 6:45 a.m. Friday, her parents told police, and the note was discovered that evening.

In it, her father said, she indicated that she was traveling far away. He checked Washington-area airports and parking lots at area train and bus stations, hoping to find her vehicle, a white 2007 Volvo. Federal transportation and Amtrak officials checked area rail stations with no luck.

Troy Harris, a city police spokesman, said McCann was found about 3 a.m. Sunday by a man who was taking out trash and noticed her body near a trash bin. He flagged down a firetruck, and police were called to the scene.

Dan McCann said his daughter had not previously threatened to run away and was not a troubled girl. He said she "brought out the best in people around her" and was a skilled artist who loved animals. He said he had no idea how she might have ended up in Baltimore or why she left.

"My wife and I are completely stunned," he said in a phone interview.

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