Philadelphia Teen Stabbed 80 Times, Set on Fire by Man She Met on Facebook: Police

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A Philadelphia man is charged with fatally stabbing a 15-year-old girl and setting her body on fire after they met on Facebook, according to local TV station WPVI.

Cole Swaringer-Herring, 23, faces murder, arson and other charges in connection with the death of Sabriya McLean.

According to police, Swaringer-Herring met McLean in person on Monday night after the two were apparently communicating on Facebook.

Swaringer-Herring confessed to his parents, according to WPVI. After the suspect’s parents contacted police, responding officers found the victim’s body under a pile of leaves.

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

Ryan told CBS Philly police believe Swaringer-Herring burned McLean’s body before hiding it under leaves. She had been stabbed about 80 times.

Swaringer-Herring also faces “abuse of a corpse” charges in connection with the crime. The motive is unknown and in the incident remains under investigation.

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