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Missing New York teen identified as girl found dead near Loch Raven Reservoir

The body of a girl found near Loch Raven Reservoir in late May has been identified by family members as 16-year-old Gabriella Alejandra Gonzales Ardon, police said.

Ardon’s family had reported her missing from Glen Cove, New York, in late March 2019, according to Nassau County police on Long Island. Her family identified Ardon by photos of her tattoos circulated by police on social media.

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Nassau police believed Ardon was traveling to Baltimore, they said in a 2019 news release.

Ardon’s body was found by a pedestrian shortly before 10 a.m. May 29 along Merryman’s Trail in the woods off Pot Spring Road near Colonnade Road in Cockeysville.

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The pedestrian saw the body on the edge of a stream at the bottom of a slope, and she was pronounced dead at the scene by Baltimore County police.

Ardon’s death has been ruled a homicide by the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner, police said. Citing the open investigation into the teen’s death, police declined to offer additional details.

Anyone with information is asked to call police at 410-307-2020.

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