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Teen Who Left Note That She'd Be Home Soon Found Dead (Photo)

| by Kathryn Schroeder

A missing 18-year-old from Rock Hill, South Carolina, was found dead on May 1.

Jamie Lee Allison Magras, a senior at Northwestern High School, was reported missing April 28. She had left a note that morning around 1 a.m. for her parents at home that said she was going out and would be back before 6 a.m., The Herald reported.

Magras never came home and did not contact her family.

Her family and the PCI Group, the employer of Magras' stepfather Robert Maietta, printed 10,000 flyers and distributed them in Rock Hill and nearby cities. A reward of $10,000 was offered.

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According to Maietta, Magras had never done something like this before.

Her family was concerned she may have met someone, possibly through the internet.

“As far as we know, she didn’t take any supplies,” Maietta said. “It’s frightening to think she is hungry.”

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Magras did take her driver's license, but not her wallet. And a black jacket and other clothing items, including jeans and gray shorts, were missing from the home.

Maietta also said Magras was on medication and without it could have seizures. 

Searches were conducted by a helicopter, K-9 units and on foot to find the young woman, but came up empty. By April 30, the sheriff's office had gotten no new leads on where Magras was.

On May 1, Magras' body was found in a wooded area near a creek, the York County Sheriff's Office said in a Facebook Live video.

A K-9 unit searched the area Magras' body was found in after a tip was received that the girl may have been seen there, said Trent Faris, public information officer for the York County Sheriff's Office.

"It's not the outcome that anybody wanted from this," Faris said, adding that the sheriff extended his deepest sympathies to the young woman's family. He also thanked the public for their assistance and tips in the missing persons case.

An autopsy will be performed by the coroner's office and the results released when available.

Foul play is not suspected in Magras' death, Faris said. He referred to it as an unfortunate incident.

Magras, who is a native of St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands, was set to graduate from high school in about a month, according to The Herald. She was studying cosmetology and was good with languages, her stepfather said. Magras moved with her parents to Rock Hill several years ago.

Sources: The Herald (2), York County Sheriff's Office/Facebook / Photo credit: Russell Borogove/Flickr, Family Photo via The Herald

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