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Maryland teen found dead in a creek, 3 charged with murder

Missing teen found dead in Prince George's County
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Posted at 12:39 PM, May 17, 2019
and last updated 2019-05-17 12:39:46-04

RIVERDALE, Md. (AP) - A missing Maryland teen has been found dead in a Riverdale creek, where authorities say she beaten with a baseball bat and stabbed with a machete by teens involved with MS-13.

Prince George's County police tell news outlets that the teens were afraid 14-year-old Ariana Funes-Diaz would alert authorities about an earlier crime. The nature of that crime is unclear.

Fourteen-year-old Cynthia Hernandez-Nucamendi, 16-year-old Josue Fuentes-Ponce, and 17-year-old Joel Escobar have been arrested and charged as adults with first-degree murder. Police say Fuentes-Ponce and Escobar are MS-13 members, and Hernandez-Nucamendi had been reported missing.

Funes-Diaz's body was found Wednesday, about a month after she went missing. An autopsy determined she died of blunt force trauma. Authorities say they're working to identity a fourth person involved in the slaying.