WEST PHILADELPHIA — Philadelphia officials say a teen girl was stabbed about 80 times and then set on fire by a man she befriended through Facebook.
The body of Sabriya McLean, 15, was found in the 200 block of South 49th Street late Tuesday morning.
According to investigators, McLean got together with the suspect, Cole Swaringer-Herring, 23, on Monday night.
Sources say neither of the suspect’s parents were home at the time, but when they came back, he told them what he’d done. The next morning they called the police.
Swaringer-Herring was taken into custody at the scene after responding officers found the body under a pile of leaves. For committing such a heinous crime, investigators want to know if this suspect has killed before.
“It was a very violent act so we’re looking at him in connection to some other possible cases that we’ve had,” said Capt. Jack Ryan.
The motive for the killing is unclear at this time.
Swaringer-Herring faces charges of murder, arson, abuse of a corpse among others. He’s being held pending his future preliminary hearing.
McLean, from New Castle, Delaware, had been reported missing. She had just turned 15 in October.