Crystal Lake Teenage Girl Found Dead at Veteran Acres Park

The body of a 14-year-old girl was found at 7:45 a.m. today, Thursday, Feb. 21.

UPDATE: 11:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 21.


A 14-year-old teenage girl was found dead Thursday morning at according to Crystal Lake Police and Park District officials.

Park District Police and Crystal Lake Police officials were on the scene early Feb. 21, to investigate the death at the park, located at 431 Walkup Road on the north side of Crystal Lake.

The teen's body was found at about 7:45 a.m. by a passerby near the pond.

Police did not release the cause of death, but no foul play is suspected, said Crystal Lake Police Cmdr. Dan Dziewior. The girl's name was withheld because she is a juvenile.

The teen was reported missing late Wednesday night.

Friends and acquaintances of the victim said she attended Prairie Ridge High School. The girl's Facebook page was filled with messages of condolences by late Thursday night. Many of the messages described the teen as a talented singer, musician and artist.

Jason Herbster, executive director for the said patrons of Veteran Acres were not in any danger.

"I can tell you at this time that the park is safe and there is no danger to anyone using the park," Herbster said.


Check back later with Crystal Lake-Cary Patch for more information.



Sandy Reeves February 25, 2013 at 02:08 AM
We have an anti-bullying group on Facebook. Stand for the Silent - Illinois Chapter is trying to stop/curb bullying that is going on in our communities. Please check us out and ask to join our group!! We are doing this for our kids!!
Momof3 February 25, 2013 at 03:16 AM
Very sad! It sounds like she was being bullied,by all the comments. If so, does anyone know if the police are involved, charges being looked into? I sure hope so, if this is the case! Bullies need to be stopped, put in their place!! For anyone involved in bullying should be ashamed of yourself!!! For anyone being bullied, reach out, talk to someone. Nobody is worth hurting yourself over!! R.i.p. beautiful girl.
CLSmom February 25, 2013 at 04:16 PM
So sad. Condlences to the family.
megan collier February 26, 2013 at 07:37 AM
Make sure you talk to people. I want you to know that your best friend would want you to go on with your life and remember the good times with her. I know it is hard but things will be ok. My heart and prays go out to you and her family. Love,Megan
Crystal Lake February 28, 2013 at 03:32 AM
Does anyone really know what she was thinking, feeling or going through? Does anyone honestly feel they can begin to imagine the shoes she walked in to make her feel the way she mayy have felt? Is it just people assuming it was due to bullying or does someone actually know this is the reason why it happened? Please remember to be respectful to the family and friends effected by this tragic loss . My heart and prayers go out to the family and loved ones of.such a beautiful child. God has a plan and he is with her now more then ever. Please remember that your individual words and actions may effect others in ways you cant imagine. My heart hurts deeply for the family .


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