DEATH INVESTIGATION – TEEN JUVENILE
On Tuesday, October 20th at approximately 2:28 PM, Lincoln City Police Department was dispatched to a found body located in the woods at approximately the 2700 block of SW Dune Street in Lincoln City.
Upon arrival, it was learned that an adult walking in the woods discovered the body of a juvenile female. During the course of the investigation, police identified the subject, a resident of Lincoln City and a student at Career Tech. School officials were also notified.
Lincoln County Medical Examiner Dr. Marilyn Fraser has ruled the cause of death is asphyxiation by hanging and the manner is that of suicide. Chief Kilian remarks, “This is a senseless and tragic loss for both her family and the community. I am troubled that a youth would have such a feeling of hopelessness that suicide is even considered. Our condolences go out to the family during this difficult time”.
Teen suicide is a growing health concern. It is the third-leading cause of death for young people ages 15 to 24, surpassed only by homicide and accidents, according to the U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention. In 2012, suicides among teens accounted for over 10% of all suicides in the United States.
If you are in crisis or in need of immediate support please call: The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800-273-TALK (8255).