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.
Her parents said she was taking classes from home because of bullying at school.
Lindley said he spoke with Putnam City North administrators Tuesday afternoon and said they did not know of any report she made about being bullied.
“In terms of bullying in general, we have a very caring staff and we have procedures in place to make sure each student feels safe and is treated well. We're just sorry for the family after this tragedy.”
Lindley said counselors will be available for any students at the school who need to talk after hearing about Alina's death.
Alina went missing Nov. 4 after she was dropped off by a friend at an apartment complex near NW 24 and Western. She stopped answering her cellphone, which went straight to voice mail. Her parents said she had never gone missing for more than a few hours before then.
In another Facebook message posted Monday, Mark Fitzpatrick talked about how difficult it is to deal with a missing child.
“I hope that no parent ever has to go through this, especially not alone,” he said. “I hope to find a way to channel everything I have learned through this experience into something positive so I can share with everyone how to survive this ordeal and assure every parent that has a missing child that people care, that people love them, and they will survive.”