13-year-old girl found dead in Beaverton park
A 13-year-old Beaverton girl was found dead in a stream near a park Tuesday afternoon, May 10, according to police.
Milana Li, a sixth-grader at Conestoga Middle School, was reported missing by her mother shortly before 1:15 p.m. Monday, May 9.
The following day, Beaverton police responded to a call at Beaverton's Westside Linear Park near Southwest Barrows Road and Horizon Boulevard — just north of Tigard — where they reportedly found Li's body in a small stream.
Police say the circumstances of Li's death are suspicious and an investigation is ongoing.
Police initially referred to Li as a runaway from the Murrayhill neighborhood whose first language was Russian. She struggled with English, her mother told police.
Anyone with information about Li's disappearance or death is asked to call Beaverton Police Detective Cindy Herring at 503-526-2280.
School mourns Li's death
Beaverton School District Superintendent Don Grotting announced Li's death in a districtwide message Tuesday evening.
Conestoga Middle School principal Zan Hess also shared the news with school staff and families.
"It is with a heavy heart that I share with you some devastating news impacting the Conestoga community," Hess wrote in a letter to the school community. "Our hearts break for Milana's loved ones, including her family and friends. We ask that you keep them in your thoughts tonight. There are no words to express the grief of losing a child. Please know that my staff and I are here for all of you and your students."
Hess said the school planned to break the news of Li's death to students during first-period classes Wednesday. Hess also shared a guide from the Dougy Center, a national grief center for children and families.
"We will have extra counselors at school to support both students and staff," Hess added. "If you choose to speak with your student prior to school tomorrow, feel free to use this resource."
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