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Columbia police say 16-year-old girl found dead in motel room; considered a homicide

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COLUMBIA, Missouri — Columbia police say the death of a 16-year-old girl whose body was found in a motel room is being investigated as a homicide.

The girl's body was found early Thursday at the Providence Inn and Suites. Police say a man called 911 and said he found an unconscious woman in his room.

Police Sgt. Joe Bernhard says in a news release that the man hung up and was not at the motel when officers arrived.

The victim had been reported as a runaway. Her name was not immediately released.

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