Who killed Kathryn Maguire? Missing 15-yr-old Ohio girl's body found in Nevada, friend found alive in California

On November 26, 2020, 15-year-old Kathryn McGuire and Haylie Vance went missing in Painesville, Ohio

                            Who killed Kathryn Maguire? Missing 15-yr-old Ohio girl's body found in Nevada, friend found alive in California
Kathryn McGuire (Painesville Police Department)

PAINESVILLE, OHIO: The Department of Police of Ohio was on a desperate search for two teenage girls who ran away from their Ohio home over Thanksgiving, now the search has finally ended after one of the two was found dead in Nevada and the other was found safe in California.

On November 26, 2020, 15-year-old Kathryn McGuire and Haylie Vance went missing in Painesville, Ohio. On December 4, 2020, Vance was located in Long Beach, California, the Painesville Police Department announced on a Facebook post. Four days after Vance was found, Kathryn was discovered in Henderson, Nevada, where she was transported to a hospital and pronounced dead on December 8, 2020.


Haylie Vance (Source: Painesville Police Department)


According to the statement of Vance recorded by the Investigation team, both the girl voluntarily left home to drive to California with a 19-year-old Painesville man named Aaron Larkin, who had also been reported missing, police said. Larkin's relationship with the girls is still not clear was with Kathryn in Henderson and is now being held in police custody. Larkin is currently in Henderson Police Department custody pending an investigation. Nevada Police confirm that they are investigating the death and say no charges have been filed in McGuire’s death.


Aaron M. Larkin (Source: Painesville Police Department)



Vance told police the group spent six days together in California. McGuire and Larkin were together in Henderson, police confirmed. The Painesville Police Department, Henderson Police Department, U.S. Marshals Service, Long Beach California Police Department, and multiple other Northeast Ohio police departments assisted in this investigation.

The police department shared a detailed timeline of the known events which follows:

• "On Thursday, November 26 at about 7:30 a.m., Larkin left an apartment he shared with an adult sister in Willoughby, Ohio. His permanent residence was on Poplar Lane in Painesville.
• Thursday, November 26 at about 3:30 p.m., Vance left her residence on Sanders Avenue to visit a friend who resided a couple of streets over.
• Thursday, November 26 between 3:30 and 4:00 p.m., McGuire was picked up at her residence on Bank Street to allegedly visit Vance.
• Thursday, November 26, Painesville Police take the first report of a missing/runaway girl, Kathryn McGuire. The next day on November 27, Painesville Police take the missing/runaway report of Hailey Vance. On November 27 Painesville Police take a missing report of Aaron Larkin.
• Over the next week, Painesville Police, multiple local law enforcement and the U.S. Marshals Service all follow many different leads, tirelessly trying to locate the whereabouts of the three missing persons.
• On Friday, December 4 at 11:56 a.m., Painesville Police are notified that Vance was located and detained by Long Beach California Police. Vance confirms that she and McGuire had voluntarily left the state of Ohio with their friend Larkin and all three of them had been in California for at least six days.
• On Tuesday, December 8 at 12:32 p.m., Painesville Police received information that a female believed to be McGuire had been brought to Dignity Health Saint Rose Hospital in Henderson, Nevada. She was pronounced dead at the hospital. This information was later confirmed by the Henderson Police Department. Larkin had been with McGuire and was detained pending an investigation by the Henderson Police Department."

McGuire’s mother was posting updates on social media about the on-going search for her child up until December 3. She begged her daughter to come home in several Facebook posts, and also showed concern about her daughter’s heart condition. In one post on December 2 the mother wrote: "I am hoping Katie See's this somehow. Come home baby. I miss you so much. Come home to your own bed. I will buy you as many Takyis as you want. I am afraid ur not eating. You need your heart medicine." She further wrote, ''We have you guys missing in national registry. They are looking for you all over United States. You guys will get pulled over and taken in. It would be so much better if you guys just came home. I can come get u no matter where you are. I can fly, drive. I just need you!!!It's like I am in a nightmare...plz help me baby!"

McGuire's sister also appealed for her and her travel partners to come home, and wrote: "All 3 of these people have families, and they all want them home!!!  There is no bad guy in this situation, they all went willingly. Please don’t forget that all of these people have families who care about them. Aaron, Katie, and Haylie please come home, you guys are making the situation worse by staying away longer!''


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