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March 12, 2009

Update on Annie McCann

The parents of 16-year-old Annie McCann, the young girl who ran away from her Virginia home on Oct. 31 and was found dead in Baltimore next to a trash bin in Perkins Homes on Nov. 2, have released a sketch of a woman seen with their daughter in Little Italy one or two days before her death.

The McCanns earlier this month launched a public campaign, complete with billboards, to find out what happened to their daughter -- parts one and two of columns can be found here, along with earlier blogs -- concerned that police had stopped their active investigation believing the death to be a suicide despite many unanswered questions. Annie died of an overdose of lidicaine from apparently drinking from a 5-ounce bottle of Bactine. She had left a note on her bed in which she said she had contemplated suicide but had changed her mind, took money, a car and jewelry and somehow made it to Baltimore.

Police have questioned a youth who told them he saw a man drive up in her car and leave it on Lombard Street. The youth then told police he and friends removed Annie's body, which they found on back seat, put it near the trash bin and took the car for a joy ride. The McCanns are pressing police, and have hired private investigators, to question this youth and his friends more closely. They also have found a clerk in a Little Italy pastry shop who remembered seeing Annie in the shop on either the afternoon of Oct. 31 or Nov. 1. The McCann's complained that city police had thwarted their attempts to hire a sketch artist, but the dispute was eventually worked out.

Today, the McCanns released this sketch and press release, in which they also complain that administrators at the school Annie attended in Fairfax County has blocked their efforts to interview her friends: Sketch 0001

The news release and another flier:

McCann Family Press Release

MCS Reward Flyer

Posted by Peter Hermann at 11:30 AM | | Comments (1)
Categories: Annie McCann


I keep reading the other articles and the mention of her being found wet and the fact she was OD'd.
That makes me think she was with someone Who maybe sold her this stuff to get high to trick her out of her money and then when she od'd tried the standard thing most do put her in the tub When that did not work they had to get her out of wherever she was and decided with it being a OD why not the projects after all that is where most think to go for drugs.
Are they Sure she drank this stuff? Is it possible she sniffed lidocaine? Many in the city have sold lidocaine as cocaine I just can not figure why anyone would drink that stuff unless they were told it would get them high or someone snuck it into something they drank??
Have they checked this kids phone and computer? Myspace and other type places online her friends there?
Possibly woman (addicts or "working" ladies) who are in the Patterson Park or Lil Italy and Perkins areas? Possibly college students or high school kids she may have met online and met up with??
even areas not close to the ones mentioned above because in all honesty well it would not be the first time a white person broke the law and tried to make it seem a African American done it (hence leaving her in Perkins) Not trying to play the race thing but come on why else leave her there??
unless she was staying in the area with someone but I would think more than one person would have seen her if that was the case.
How about the block Any one recognize her or the one pictured in that area?
Just going on my own experiences and having been a run away and ending up in that same city well it just rings

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About Peter Hermann
Peter Hermann started covering news for The Baltimore Sun in 1990, first in Anne Arundel County and, starting in 1994, reporting on the Baltimore Police Department. In 2001, he was assigned to Jerusalem as the Baltimore Sun's Middle East correspondent. He returned in 2005 as an assistant city editor overseeing crime coverage. In 2008, Peter returned to the beat as a daily reporter and blogger. A recent BBC report featured him in a segment on the harsh realities of covering crime in Baltimore.

Coverage will focus on crime trends, problems in neighborhoods in the city and elsewhere, profiles of victims and police officers and try to offer readers a fresh perspective on one of the most vexing issues facing Baltimore and its future.

Contributing to this blog is Justin Fenton, who joined The Sun in 2005 and has covered the Baltimore City Police Department and the criminal justice system since 2008. His work includes an investigation into Cal Ripken Jr.’s minor league baseball stadium deal with his hometown of Aberdeen, a three-part series chronicling a ruthless con woman, coverage of the killing of five Amish children at a schoolhouse in Nickel Mines, Pa., and a job swap with a British crime reporter to explore differences in crime-fighting. A special report looking into how city police handle rape cases led to sweeping reforms that changed the way sexual assaults are investigated in Baltimore. He was recognized as the best reporter in Baltimore by the City Paper in 2010 and by Baltimore Magazine in 2011.

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