VIDEO: Body Found In Trash Bag Near Sheraden School ID'd By Family
Investigators said Lauren Deis went missing last week. Her body was found near a Dumpster along Sheraden Boulevard, near Langley High School. Pittsburgh police Cmdr. Thomas Stangrecki said maintenance workers found the girl's body shortly after 6 a.m.
Police said they are waiting for the medical examiner to sign off on Deis' identity, but the victim's sister told Channel 11 News reporter Renee Kaminski that investigators told her and the family that it was Deis.
Courtney Granata, a friend of Deis', said she's shocked of the news.
"I was bawling hysterically last night for like two hours," said Granata. "I didn't sleep very good. It was pretty bad. I think it was someone she knew (who killed her)."
Deis' friends said she was a streetwise and trusting person. Police said she was last seen alive walking on Minton Street.
Deis' last Myspace and Facebook entries were posted on July 6. Deis' mother reported her missing on July 7.
City homicide detectives served a search warrant at a home in the 3000 block of Glenmawr Avenue in Sheraden Wednesday. The home is just blocks away from the crime scene. Several items were removed from the home including, blankets, a mop and clothing.
Police did not confirm if the warrant was served in connection with Deis' death. Neighbors said police visited the home late Tuesday night as well.
"They were here all night long," said Wanette Wilson. "I couldn't figure out what was going on."
Stangrecki said the Dies was stabbed several times, mostly in the neck and torso area.
Sheraden resident Annette Stadulis said she can't believe police recovered a body near where she walks her dogs every day.
"So many things happen at night," said Stadulis. "It's pitiful."
Police said they've pulled surveillance video from school and area businesses as part of their investigation. In one video, police said they could see a car pulling up to the Dumpster near where her body was found.
Students at Langley were sent to another entrance of the school so they wouldn't have to pass the body, police said.
"It was, like, crazy," said student Johnny Raines. "They still having school and just found a dead body like that."
"I think kids shouldn't have had school," said Sheraden resident Dameeka Clark. "It's senseless."
"That's traumatizing to them," said Stadulis. "This is a school. They're supposed to feel safe, and they have to look at this?"
Kaminski said students at the school were seemingly unfazed by the site of police cars and crime scene tape.
"It's always a shooting or something," said Stephanie Johnson. "I live across the street, so I am used to it."
Sal Cinea, a pizza shop owner in the area, said he's thinking about closing up his business because of the amount of crime in Sheraden.
"People are afraid to come to Sheraden," Cinea said. "I don't see it changing in my lifetime."