Teen Found Dead in Baltimore

The death of Annie McCann, a junior at West Potomac High School, is considered suspicious.
The death of Annie McCann, a junior at West Potomac High School, is considered suspicious. (Courtesy Of The Mccann Family)
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By Tom Jackman
Washington Post Staff Writer
Tuesday, November 4, 2008

A Fairfax County high school student was found dead in Baltimore early Sunday, and city police there are investigating the case as a suspicious death.

Annie McCann, 16, lived with her parents on Vantage Drive in the Groveton area of eastern Fairfax and was a junior at West Potomac High School. Her parents, Daniel McCann and Mary J. Malinchak-McCann, told police that they last saw her at 5:30 a.m. Friday, preparing to go to school.

But she did not go to school, and Fairfax police said that when her parents returned home Friday evening, they found a note from her stating that she was running away.

The McCanns notified police and began searching for her. She was found about 32 hours later.

Baltimore police said a man leaving an apartment building at 3 a.m. spotted McCann's body in the 200 block of South Spring Court in southeast Baltimore and flagged down a firetruck. McCann's car was found five blocks away, Fairfax police said.

Detective Donny Moses, a Baltimore police spokesman, said no cause of death has been determined, pending autopsy results. He said that "other than a superficial abrasion to her forehead, there were no other signs of trauma."

Moses said the death would be classified as "suspicious" until a more-detailed explanation of how McCann died becomes available.

McCann had an older brother, Sam, 18, who attends Ithaca College. Her father said she attended Groveton Elementary School and Carl Sandburg Middle School and was passionate about art.

"She's a wonderful artist," Daniel McCann said, working in all manner of visual arts -- oils, pastels, drawings. He said she loved rock bands such as Coldplay and the Killers, was on the honor roll at West Potomac and played basketball in the Fort Hunt Youth Athletic Association.

"Annie has always made everyone around her better," her father said. "She still does."

A tribute to McCann, posted anonymously on Facebook, said she was a devout Catholic and an ardent vegetarian. "The care and love that she has for even those things which cannot speak for themselves," the author wrote in a posting provided by McCann's family, "reflects an inner solidarity of conscience. . . . She has touched our hearts and lives in a way that cannot be forgotten."

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