Crystal Lake Teenage Girl Found Dead at Veteran Acres Park

The body of a 14-year-old girl was found at 7:45 a.m. today, Thursday, Feb. 21.

UPDATE: 11:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 21.


A 14-year-old teenage girl was found dead Thursday morning at according to Crystal Lake Police and Park District officials.

Park District Police and Crystal Lake Police officials were on the scene early Feb. 21, to investigate the death at the park, located at 431 Walkup Road on the north side of Crystal Lake.

The teen's body was found at about 7:45 a.m. by a passerby near the pond.

Police did not release the cause of death, but no foul play is suspected, said Crystal Lake Police Cmdr. Dan Dziewior. The girl's name was withheld because she is a juvenile.

The teen was reported missing late Wednesday night.

Friends and acquaintances of the victim said she attended Prairie Ridge High School. The girl's Facebook page was filled with messages of condolences by late Thursday night. Many of the messages described the teen as a talented singer, musician and artist.

Jason Herbster, executive director for the said patrons of Veteran Acres were not in any danger.

"I can tell you at this time that the park is safe and there is no danger to anyone using the park," Herbster said.


Check back later with Crystal Lake-Cary Patch for more information.



Paul Bishop February 21, 2013 at 05:00 PM
luciana schomer February 22, 2013 at 02:46 AM
Prayers to the family. Lost my son to suicide a little over a year ago. Same place. My youngest son knew this child. We are very sad. Feel like we need to do more as a community to pull together to make sure we are teaching tolerence in schools and at home. Kids need an outlet when they are bullied so we never loose another angel. R.I.P. beautiful child.
G.L. Bishop February 22, 2013 at 02:55 AM
My prayers are with all families who lose to suicide. The sadness in bullying is it starts so young and parents and administration of schools often miss the signs. Or dismiss this behavior as a right of passage. I agree with Samuel L Jackson. He stated that we have a problem in our culture respecting life. Tolerance must be taught and ignorance must be abolished. Bless those who can't see another way out.
Jackie February 22, 2013 at 04:45 AM
She was my best friend.
Mary paluch February 22, 2013 at 05:58 AM
This is horrible... Too many children doing this... we need to teach our child that this is not the way... we need to teach them to ignore.. that when we get older things change... I was a bully and then bullied by others...I watched my own get bullied...It comess down to this .. parents need to step up and stay involved to make sure there child is ok... and not harming others.... i did... Thats what a parent does..
Cynthia February 22, 2013 at 06:09 AM
My son was just talking to her Wednesday at school... So sad that such a pretty young girl earned her wings the wrong way.. She will be missed dearly by her friends & family.....
Kb February 22, 2013 at 06:10 AM
I think Facebook, texting and Internet make it to easy for kids to be bullied. Few years ago the bully would have to be face to face and at least the person has a change to Defend them self. Now you can post something, text something and in minutes can reach hundreds. Bully's dont have to be tough anymore just access to the Internet! I feel as a young parent myself that we need to be in our kids business 24/7 time is allwe have before things like this happen. I have seen it ruin the most confident kids by just words someone had typed about them. i hate the access of power the interent gives to the world. Jackie- please understand you may need someone too! Her being your best friend hurts unbelievable for sure. Just reach out and know people feel for you too! Ox
Si February 22, 2013 at 01:09 PM
Jackie.... Sometimes, in cases like this, the people closest feel guilt. Do not do that to yourself. There is NOTHING you could have done to prevent this. You did all you could have done by being her best friend while she was here. Be strong and have faith that she is at peace now in God's arms.
TR81 February 22, 2013 at 03:10 PM
I never heard that anyone was missing. Why wasn't an amber alert put out and it wasn't talked about on the news at all?
LITH citizen February 22, 2013 at 03:48 PM
Another young child's life ends way too early! It breaks my heart this poor child believed suicide was her only option! Kb I completely agree with your thoughts regarding social media being used to bully people. I know we have the right to freedom of speech, but when that right is being used to hurt others I believe there needs to be some sort of new laws or restrictions passed to resolve some of these issues! We may never know the full reason behind this child's decision to take her life but we need to think of ways to help these kids!!! I have lost a close family member to suicide and it is a very difficult thing to deal with because you ask yourself why and what could I have done to prevent this. Jackie...if you are reading this I ask you to please talk to someone about this, either your parents or a counselor at your school, but please, please, please make sure you talk to someone!
trueblue February 22, 2013 at 07:41 PM
I suggest contacting the McHenry County Crisis Line at 1-800-892-8900 for anyone who has been affected from hopeless/helpless thoughts, and family and friends of loved ones who might have this level of pain. They can offer great referral and resources in the county to help you get through life struggles that affect everyone.
Dora McCracken February 22, 2013 at 08:46 PM
My heart goes out to all those that knew this young lady. The lost of any child is so sad and devastating. Having children at Prairie Ridge High School I know this will be a topic for discussion. Please tell your child to talk to someone ( trustworthly adult) to help them through tough times. Nothing should be so bad in a young persons life that they should feel there is only one way out. Condolences to the family and friends.
Taylor rausch February 22, 2013 at 10:03 PM
RIP I will miss you so much!!
LCC February 23, 2013 at 12:00 AM
It always amazes me that when someone is bullied to the point of suicide all of a sudden everyone was their best friend. Where were you when she was being mentally tortured? Obviously nobody came to her rescue or she wouldn't have resorted to such tragic measures.
Michelle Williams February 23, 2013 at 04:01 AM
Cynthia was a beautiful child and a friend of the family. I hope she brings a smile to everyone's face as they remember her. My heart breaks for her family. I know she was the sunshine in her mother's eyes and especially her big sister olivia's and Jonathan. They would have done anything for her. May God bless them all. Michelle & Steve Williams
Patti Pancake February 23, 2013 at 06:04 AM
((HUGS)) and prayers to you and all others who loved and cared about this precious child.
Patti Pancake February 23, 2013 at 06:30 AM
LCC - That is a broad accusation that has potential for great damage to those who loved and cared about this precious girl. You weren't part of this, nor was I, so we do NOT know the whole story. Suicide can have a domino-effect, especially to people of this age - statements like yours can increase the possibility. Criticism is NOT what is needed or called for right now, understanding and support are. The thoughts and prayers of myself and my family go out to all who are affected by the loss of this precious life.
Cheri February 23, 2013 at 02:13 PM
I remember reading about your son, Luciana. God bless you and all our families impacted by these tragedies.
LCC February 23, 2013 at 04:01 PM
Patti - then you have never been the effected person on the other side of an event so tragic as this. If you were the mother of a child involved in a suicide or attempted suicide then perhaps you wouldn't make a statement such as this. If the stories are accurate and this poor, sweet child did indeed lose her life as a result of bullying, then my statement is accurate. However, if it was not then I apologize for my criticism. In any event at some point through the enormity of this problem (bullying), the truth should be spoken or it will never change. When a child is bullied at that level SOMEONE has to step in and speak up and make that child feel loved, wanted and not alone, parents are not able to do this single handedly as pier support seems to be more vital. Depression in itself is a different issue, if a person is clinically depressed and unable to stabilize and has friends and love and family, it is not always enough to prevent the tragic outcome as this. I'm sorry if I offend you it's just when bullying is involved it is a blood boiler. My statement may offend you but it is how the other side can feel. I'm sorry if you don't agree, you have that right.
MD February 23, 2013 at 08:02 PM
Bullying? Suicide? I keep reading the story above and see no mention of either of these.
LCC February 23, 2013 at 08:06 PM
It's on her facebook page, which one of my girls showed me :'(
doneitright February 24, 2013 at 04:12 AM
Believe Illinois passed cyber bullying laws in 2012
Marissa February 24, 2013 at 09:14 PM
So many emotions is what Im feeling I feel Devastated to hear about this Beautiful little girls story.Angry that this never should have happened.I hope in my heart that her death was not in vein.that this would make all those people who treat people with no respect andsay mean and cruel things change.I pray that this makes you REALIZE to stop and think about how your words affect people. And to all of those kids who are going through a daily struggle stay strong dont let no one bring you down.Only GOD can judge us.what anyone else thinks or says dont matter.Always be yourself Always love yourself. R.I.P Cynthia.
Victoria February 25, 2013 at 12:23 AM
I am so sorry for you and her family. The teen years can be difficult but know that there is SO much to look forward to. Please make sure you talk to her friends and family about your feelings related to this tremendous loss. There are many caring people that will be there to help you through this horrible time. Gob bless...
Sandy Reeves February 25, 2013 at 02:00 AM
It really makes you stop and think you can be in the same position as this family!! They had to bury a child way too soon. 14 years old. Only 14 years old. Parents please talk to your kids. Kids - SPEAK UP!! Don't be bystanders anymore.
Sandy Reeves February 25, 2013 at 02:08 AM
We have an anti-bullying group on Facebook. Stand for the Silent - Illinois Chapter is trying to stop/curb bullying that is going on in our communities. Please check us out and ask to join our group!! We are doing this for our kids!!
Momof3 February 25, 2013 at 03:16 AM
Very sad! It sounds like she was being bullied,by all the comments. If so, does anyone know if the police are involved, charges being looked into? I sure hope so, if this is the case! Bullies need to be stopped, put in their place!! For anyone involved in bullying should be ashamed of yourself!!! For anyone being bullied, reach out, talk to someone. Nobody is worth hurting yourself over!! R.i.p. beautiful girl.
CLSmom February 25, 2013 at 04:16 PM
So sad. Condlences to the family.
megan collier February 26, 2013 at 07:37 AM
Make sure you talk to people. I want you to know that your best friend would want you to go on with your life and remember the good times with her. I know it is hard but things will be ok. My heart and prays go out to you and her family. Love,Megan
Crystal Lake February 28, 2013 at 03:32 AM
Does anyone really know what she was thinking, feeling or going through? Does anyone honestly feel they can begin to imagine the shoes she walked in to make her feel the way she mayy have felt? Is it just people assuming it was due to bullying or does someone actually know this is the reason why it happened? Please remember to be respectful to the family and friends effected by this tragic loss . My heart and prayers go out to the family and loved ones of.such a beautiful child. God has a plan and he is with her now more then ever. Please remember that your individual words and actions may effect others in ways you cant imagine. My heart hurts deeply for the family .


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