COLUMBUS (Lu Ann Stoia) — Detectives say so far they have found no signs of foul play behind a Cleveland Avenue church where the body of a missing teenager was found Tuesday afternoon.
An autopsy will be done on 14-year-old Nebiet Aregay, a student at Westerville's Walnut Springs Middle School. Police said they are investigating whether the girl may have taken her own life. Grief counselors will be at the school Wednesday for students and staff.
The CPD dive team recovered the body just after 3:00 p.m. with their helicopter spotting something in a pond near the apartment complex where the girl lived.
The family said they found the girl's backpack, purse, and a shoe near the water yesterday. Canine units spent the morning searching for clues but found nothing.
Columbus police Sgt. Rich Weiner said an autopsy will be conducted to determine the cause of death. Weiner said there was talk amongst the family that suicide might have been a possibility but he did not elaborate on that.
"It is not easy for the family, and we will never know what it is like to lose a child unless you have been in that position before," said Weiner. "We will do follow ups as necessary. It's a sad day, keep the family in your prayers."
The girl's sister said the family, including Nebiet, 2 sisters, and 2 brothers, had come to Columbus from their native country of Eritreain Africa.