17-year-old missing girl found shot to death in park on Cleveland’s East Side leave police desperate for answers

The 17-year-old was found shot to death on the city’s east side Thursday
Updated: Apr. 9, 2021 at 2:40 PM EDT
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CLEVELAND, Ohio (WOIO) - Police are asking for the public’s help finding leads in the murder of a Cleveland teenager.

Cleveland Police say the body of 17-year-old Hershawna Rias was found in a park, on the city’s east side, Thursday afternoon.

Police say a park worker made the gruesome discovery just before noon, in a field near E. 107th Street and Elk Avenue.

The Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner says Rias died of multiple gunshot wounds.

Missing persons records show Rias has been reported missing several times, over the past few years. She was most recently reported missing on Tuesday, April 6, according to the Cuyahoga County Sheriff’s Office.

So far, police say no arrests have been made in Rias’ murder nor do they have any witnesses.

Anyone with information is asked to call Cleveland police AT 216-523-5464.

Anonymous information can be provided by calling Crimestoppers at 216-25-CRIME.

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