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Search For Two Missing Ohio Teens Ends With One Found Safely In California And The Other Found Dead In Nevada

Kathryn McGuire and Haylie Vance, both 15, disappeared from their respective homes Thanksgiving Day, alongside 19-year-old Aaron Larkin, but only of the girls would later be found safe, police said.

By Jill Sederstrom
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The search for two missing Ohio teens who ran away from home more than two weeks ago has ended—with one of the teens being found safely in California and the other found dead in Nevada.

“It is with great sadness that the Painesville Police Department reports the death of 15-year-old missing juvenile, Kathryn McGuire, of Painesville City,” police said in a statement Saturday.

McGuire was one of two Painesville City 15-year-olds to disappear on Thanksgiving Day, alongside 19-year-old Aaron Larkin. All three disappeared within hours of one another.

Painesville Police said Larkin was last seen in Ohio around 7:30 a.m. on Nov. 26 leaving an apartment he shared with his adult sister. He was reported missing to police the following day.

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McGuire left her home hours later between 3:30 p.m. and 4 p.m. on Nov. 26, telling her family that she was going to visit 15-year-old Haylie Vance, who also disappeared around the same time-frame. 

Over the next week, Painesville Police, multiple local law enforcements and the U.S. Marshals Service all followed up on “many different leads, tirelessly trying to locate the whereabouts of the three missing persons,” police said.

On Dec. 4, Vance was “found safe” by the Long Beach California Police Department. The teen confirmed that she had “voluntarily left” Ohio with McGuire and Larkin and the three had been in California for at least six days, police said.

Several days later, on Tuesday Dec. 8, police said McGuire was brought to the Dignity Health Saint Rose Hospital in Henderson, Nevada, where she was later pronounced dead.

Painesville Police said Larkin had been with McGuire at the hospital and was detained by Henderson Police.

Henderson Police Officer Alan Olvera confirmed to Oxygen.com that police were called to the hospital and said authorities are currently investigating the teen’s death.

“There have been no arrests made in reference to this investigation,” Olvera said, adding that it remains an “open investigation.”

Olvera declined to provide any further details about the investigation.

A spokesperson for the Clark County Office of the Coroner told Oxygen.com on Monday that McGuire’s cause of death has not yet been determined.

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