Suspect in 15-Year-Old Girl's Stabbing Death Met Her on Facebook: Police

Sabriya McLean had been reported missing Monday by her family and she was later found dead, her body stabbed and burned

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Authorities say a 15-year-old Delaware girl is dead after a man she met on Facebook allegedly stabbed her more than 50 times this week and then set her body on fire to cover his tracks, PEOPLE confirms.

Philadelphia police revealed the details of Sabriya McLean’s slaying in a news conference on Thursday.

McLean, from New Castle, Delaware, had been reported missing by her family on Monday, according to TV station WCAU.

Investigators say the teen met up with the suspect, 23-year-old Cole Swaringer-Herring, in Philadelphia on Monday night while both of his parents were out, station WPVI reports. But when they returned, he allegedly told them what he’d done.

Police were alerted by Swaringer-Herring’s parents the next morning, and McLean’s stabbed and burned body was found Tuesday under a pile of leaves behind a building in Swaringer-Herring’s apartment complex, reports the Associated Press.

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Philadelphia Police Department

The nature of the attack has Philadelphia authorities asking whether Swaringer-Herring may be connected to additional incidents.

“It was a very violent act so we’re looking at him in connection to some other possible cases that we’ve had,” Police Capt. Jack Ryan said Thursday.

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Swaringer-Herring remains jailed without bond pending a court hearing. He faces charges of murder, arson, abuse of a corpse and other offenses. It appears he has not yet entered a plea.

A call by PEOPLE to the public defender’s office representing him was not immediately returned.

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