Tuesday, January 30, 2001

Missing Northside teen found murdered

By Jane Prendergast and Kristina Goetz
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        Cincinnati homicide investigators are trying to piece together the last hours of a 13-year-old Northside girl's life.

        They want to know what happened to Mary Hall, who was found dead Sunday afternoon in a large building that has been vacant for years.

        Mary's family reported her missing about 12:30 p.m. Sunday after she had been gone overnight, Sgt. Anthony Carter said. She was supposed to be headed to a friend's house when they last saw her Saturday about 7:30 p.m.

        “She was supposed to be gone for an hour,” he said.

        Just 90 minutes after she was reported missing, her body was found in the former corner store at Chase and Dane avenues. Workers renovating the building saw her and called police. Mary lived about three blocks away with her mother, also named Mary Hall, and her mother's boyfriend.

        Crime-scene investigators stayed at the scene throughout Monday. Sgt. Carter would not reveal where in the building Mary was found nor the condition of her body, saying he needed to keep some information confidential so authorities make sure some details are known only to them and Mary's killer.

        Mary, a long-haired redhead well known in the neighborhood, recently transferred to Chase Intermediate School from nearby St. Boniface.

        Her picture is among many snapshots of neighborhood children taped to the wall inside Lynn's General Store, a place she was often spotted after school.

        The teen-ager's body was taken to the Hamilton County Coroner's Office for an autopsy.

        Police ask anyone with information about Mary call them at 352-3542 or Crime Stoppers at 352-3040. Callers can stay anonymous and be paid for their information.


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