The desperate search for two teenage girls who ran away in Ohio for Thanksgiving ended after one was found dead in Nevada and the other safe in California.
Kathryn McGuire and Haylie Vance, both 15, disappeared in Painesville, Ohio on Nov. 26.
Haylie was in Long Beach, California on Dec. 4, the Painesville Police Department announced in a Facebook post on Saturday.
Kathryn was found four days later, on December 8, in Henderson, Nevada, where she was hospitalized and pronounced dead.
Haylie told investigators that she and Kathryn voluntarily left home to drive to California with a 19-year-old Painesville man named Aaron Larkin, who was also reported missing, police said.
Larkin, whose relationship with the girls is still unclear, was with Kathryn in Henderson and is now in police custody pending an investigation into his death. No charges will be brought by Sunday afternoon.
Kathryn McGuire (left) and Haylie Vance (right), both 15 years old, fled their homes in Painesville, Ohio on November 26th. On December 4, Haylie was found safe in Long Beach, California, and Kathryn was found dead in Henderson. , Nevada, on December 8th
Nevada’s Clark County Coroner’s Office is expected to release details of the cause of Kathryn’s death on Monday, WOIO-TV reported.
Kathryn’s mother revealed in a series of Facebook posts that her daughter was suffering from heart disease and asked for the safe return of the adolescent.
Aaron Larkin (pictured) is in police custody pending Kathryn’s death
In a December 2 post, the mother wrote, “I hope Katie See is somehow so. Come home baby. I miss you very much. Come home to your own bed. I’ll buy you as much Takyi as you want. I’m afraid he’s not eating. You need your heart medicine.
– You are missing from the national register. They’re looking for you in the United States. Guys are pulled over and accepted. It would be much better if you guys just came home.
– I can come wherever you are. I can fly, drive. I just need you !!! It’s like I’m in a nightmare … please help, baby!
Kathryn’s sister also asked them to come home and her fellow travelers and wrote, “All three people have families and they all want them home !!!
“There are no bad guys in this situation, they were all happy to go.” Please keep in mind that these people have families who care about them.
“Aaron, Katie and Haylie, please come home, you guys will make things worse if you stay away for a long time!”
Kathryn’s mother and sister posted a number of pleas for a safe return on Facebook. The nurse pictured, along with Kathryn, left) confirmed her death on December 10th
Police offered a timetable for the trio’s disappearance in a Facebook post on Saturday, which began when Larkin left an apartment shared with his sister in Willoughby at around 7.30am on Thanksgiving.
Haylie left her home at about 3:30 p.m. that same day to visit a friend who lived a few streets away.
Kathryn was taken from her home between 3:30 and 4:00 p.m. to visit Haylie, police said.
Kathryn’s family reported her disappearance on the night of November 26th.
The next day, Haylie and Larkin were reported missing.
Kathryn and Haylie’s relationship with Larkin (pictured) remains unclear
Painesville police have launched an investigation with the assistance of the U.S. Marshals Service and several other police agencies in northeast Ohio.
The Long Beach Police Department and the Henderson Police Department joined the investigation after Haylie was found in the former and Kathryn and Larkin in the latter.
Painesville police said on December 8 they learned that a woman believed to have been screened at Kathryn, Dignity Health Saint Rose Hospital in Henderson, where she was pronounced dead.
It is not yet clear how Haylie was separated from Kathryn and Larkin after the trio spent six days together in California, police said.
The investigation is ongoing and authorities have asked anyone with information to contact Painesville Police at 440-392-5840.