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Police identify body as Oklahoma City teen

A 17-year-old girl who went missing Nov. 4 was found dead in northeast Oklahoma City last week, police said Tuesday.
BY BRYAN DEAN bdean@opubco.com Modified: November 15, 2011 at 5:31 pm •  Published: November 15, 2011
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Police have identified a body found last week in far northeast Oklahoma City as that of a 17-year-old Oklahoma City girl.

The body of Alina Fitzpatrick was found Nov. 9 in a rural area at 4506 Overbrook Road, near NE 43 and Anderson. Her cause of death has not been determined.

Police said investigators don't know whether her death was a homicide and are waiting for autopsy results from the medical examiner's office.

Alina's mother, Elena, said Tuesday she and her husband, Mark, did not feel up to talking about their daughter after hearing the news of her death. Mark Fitzpatrick spoke to The Oklahoman on Monday afternoon when their daughter was still considered a missing person. He said they were holding out hope she would be found safe.

Tuesday afternoon, Mark Fitzpatrick posted a message on a Facebook page dedicated to finding his daughter, saying they had been informed of her death by police but do not have more details because the case is still under investigation.

“May the Lord bless her and hold her,” Mark Fitzpatrick said. “May His light shine through and cleanse her soul. May she forever watch over her family and be our guardian angel. Thank you everyone for your love, thoughts, prayers, and kindness. You have all supported us in ways we never could imagine, and even in this time of loss we feel great hope.”

Fitzpatrick attended Putnam City North High School until May and was taking classes this semester through the district's Internet school, Putnam City Virtual, Putnam City spokesman Steve Lindley said.

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