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An abandoned car led Ohio police to the body of a 15-year-old girl

A running car abandoned in a field led Cleveland police to find the body of missing 15-year-old Jayden Rentos, who had been shot and killed.

A running car abandoned in a field led Cleveland police to find the body of missing 15-year-old Jayden Rentos, who had been shot and killed.

Screenshot from Jas Torres’ Facebook

A missing 15-year-old girl was found dead after someone spotted a suspicious-looking vehicle in Ohio, authorities said.

A citizen reported an abandoned vehicle — with the engine and windshield wipers running — in a field in Cleveland around 2:30 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 28, according to an Oct. 31 news release from the Cleveland Police Department.

Law enforcement officers examined the car and found a dead teenager with a gunshot wound in the passenger compartment. The victim was 15-year-old Jayden Rentos, the Cuyahoga Medical Examiner told McClatchy News.

Police arrested a 16-year-old in connection with Rentas’ death and booked him into the Cuyahoga County Juvenile Detention Center. No charges have been filed.

According to a Facebook post by Rentas’ grandmother, Julie Smith, Rentas was the suspect a guy.

Rentas escaped on Wednesday, October 19, according to Fr missing persons poster her mother, Jas Torres, shared on Facebook. Her family has not seen her since she told them she was taking the bus to school, Torres said in a series of Facebook posts.

A GoFundMe campaign started by Rentas’ aunt, Autumn Smith, said the family doesn’t know if she ran away voluntarily or by force. Her family is mourning her death and calling for justice.

“Jaden was always full of laughter, she felt whole and deep,” Autumn Smith said on the GoFundMe page. “She loved all animals, was silly, goofy, stubborn and strong.”

Rentos’ uncle, Dan Richings, mourned the loss on Facebook: “From the moment we met, you (Rentos) just lit up the world around you and every day it was easier to see you smile.”

Aspen Pflughoeft covers the news in real time for McClatchy. She graduated from Minerva University where she studied communications, history and international politics. She previously reported for the Deseret News.

https://www.bnd.com/news/nation-world/national/article268093137.html

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