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Body of missing Kokomo teen found weeks after she was reported missing

Posted at 11:08 AM, Mar 15, 2022
and last updated 2022-04-11 18:06:04-04

KOKOMO — The body of a 17-year-old girl who was reported missing over a month ago was found near a bike trail in Kokomo on Monday.

Mea L. Rayls was reported missing on Feb. 8 by her mother.

The Howard County Coroner's Office said her cause of death was an overdose by prescription medication combined with outdoor cold exposure.

Rayls was last seen at her home in the 2500 block of North Main Street, according to the Kokomo Police Department.

Rayls body was found in the brush near a bike trail in the 3000 block of North Washington St. around 4:15 p.m. Monday.

On April 11, the Howard County Coroner ruled her death an intentional overdose by prescription drugs. He said no trauma was found during the autopsy.

This case remains under investigation. Anyone having additional information is asked to contact Detective Erik Fogg at 765-456-7369 or the Kokomo Police Department Hotline at 765-456-7017 or call Crime Stoppers of Central Indiana at 317-262-8477.