PSP-Clarion: Teen's death ruled accidental drowning

Staff Writer

CLARION — Troopers investigating the death of a missing 13-year-old Clarion female have determined that she was the victim of an accidental drowning, a release issued by Clarion-based Pennsylvania State Police on Monday said.

The autopsy was conducted Monday, the release said, and revealed that the teen had drowned and that no foul play is suspected in her death.

Shevy Lynn McGiffin left her home at approximately 7:15 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 9, to go to the Dollar General Store on South Fifth Avenue in Clarion Township and failed to return as expected.

Investigators determined that McGiffin had, in fact, been inside the store shortly before her disappearance, and an extensive search was conducted to locate
her.

On Sunday, Sept. 11, at 3:50 p.m., members of the Clarion Volunteer Fire Department discovered McGiffin’s body in Trout Run, near the Clarion River, and the Pennsylvania State Police immediately began investigating the cause of the teenager’s death.

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