15-year-old Painesville girl dies in Nevada hospital after disappearing in November

A second teen, who claims to have run away with McGuire and a 19-year-old boy, was found safe in California.
Updated: Dec. 12, 2020 at 10:12 PM EST
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PAINESVILLE, Ohio (WOIO) - Painesville Police Department on Saturday announced the death of 15-year-old Kathryn McGuire, who was reported missing on Nov. 26.

McGuire died on Dec. 8 at Dignity Health Saint Rose Hospital in Henderson, Nevada.

The Clark County Coroner’s Office in Nevada tells 19 News the cause of McGuire’s death will not be released before Monday morning.

Henderson, Nevada Police confirm that they are investigating the death and say no charges have been filed in McGuire’s death.

19 News previously reported on McGuire’s disappearance. Police said it was believed Haylie Vance, 15, and McGuire ran away together.

Haylie Vance
Haylie Vance((Source: Painesville Police Department))

Vance was found safe and detained by Long Beach California police on Dec. 4. Vance told police she, McGuire and 19-year-old Aaron Larkin voluntarily left Ohio to go to California.

Aaron M. Larkin, 19, is missing from Painesville, Ohio. Police want to check on his welfare.
Aaron M. Larkin, 19, is missing from Painesville, Ohio. Police want to check on his welfare.(Painesville Police Department)

Vance told police the group spent six days together in California. McGuire and Larkin were together in Henderson, police confirmed.

Larkin is currently in Henderson Police Department custody pending an investigation, police said.

The Painesville Police Department, Henderson Police Department, U.S. Marshals Service, Long Beach California Police Department, and multiple other Northeast Ohio police departments assisted in this investigation.

Painesville Police say the investigation is on-going and that they are not releasing any other information at this time.

Kathryn McGuire’s mother was issuing updates on social media about the on-going search for her daughter up until December 3. She begged her daughter to come home in Facebook posts, and also expressed concern about her daughter’s heart condition.

Anyone with information is encouraged to contact the Painesville Police Department at 440-392-5840.

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