Sabriya McLean: 15-Year-Old Delaware Girl Found Dead After Meeting Man On Facebook, Police Say
Authorities in Philadelphia are still putting the pieces of a shocking murder together in the case of Sabriya McLean. The 15-year-old Delaware girl was found dead after meeting up with a man she encountered via Facebook, police said.
The suspect, 23-year-old Cole Swaringer-Herring, allegedly stabbed the victim more than 50 times after the pair met up in Philadelphia. Swaringer-Herring then set the teen's body on fire, according to news reports.
The heinous nature of the crime has raised suspicions that the suspect may be linked to other investigations, police said.
“It was a very violent act so we’re looking at him in connection to some other possible cases that we’ve had,” Police Capt. Jack Ryan said, the Associated Press reports.
Sabriya had been reported missing days earlier, according to TV station WCAU. Swaringer-Herring's parents had left their home, leaving an opportunity for him to commit the crime, police said.
He confessed to them when they returned home, station WPVI reports.
Sabriya's charred remains were discovered Tuesday under some leaves behind Swaringer-Herring’s apartment complex, reports the Associated Press.
Swaringer-Herring is charged with murder, arson and abuse of a corpse, according to authorities.