Teen Girl Found Dead Outside NY Vehicle, Man Badly Hurt in Apparent Social Media Murder Mystery - NBC New York

Teen Girl Found Dead Outside NY Vehicle, Man Badly Hurt in Apparent Social Media Murder Mystery

Police said they were aware of reports that images of the dead girl -- with unspecified injuries -- were posted to social media

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    Gory Photos of Slain Utica Teen Were Shared on Social Media

    A 17-year-old girl with a small social media following in upstate New York was killed by a man she'd met recently on Instagram, who then posted photos of her corpse online, police said Monday.

    (Published Tuesday, July 16, 2019)

    What to Know

    • Authorities are investigating the death of a teen girl who was found outside a vehicle in Utica early Sunday; a man was found badly injured

    • The girl was identified as Bianca Devins, 17, and the man as Brandon Clark, 20, but circumstances of the death were not immediately clear

    • Police said they were aware of reports that a photo of the dead teen -- with unspecified injuries -- was posted to social media

    UPDATE: NY Teen Killed by Instagram Date Who Shared Photos of Her Corpse Online, Police Say

    Authorities are investigating the death of a teen girl who was found outside a vehicle in Utica early Sunday — a murder investigation about which few details are known but appears to have involved an image posted to Instagram. 

    The Utica Police Department said Monday that they responded to a number of calls "regarding an attempt to locate" two individuals and were directed to Poe Street, where they found 17-year-old Bianca Devins dead and a severely injured man, later identified as 21-year-old Brandon Clark of Bridgewater. 

    "The female is outside the vehicle, and the male was located outside the vehicle. At this point what occurred and when it occurred is part of the investigation," Lt. Bryan Coromato said in a statement. 

    Woman Dead in NY in Apparent Social Media Murder Mystery

    [NY] Woman Dead in NY in Apparent Social Media Murder Mystery
    Details on the identities of the two people involved and the circumstances of the death and discovery were not immediately clear.
    (Published Monday, July 15, 2019)

    Clark was taken to a hospital, where he underwent surgery for his injuries. He was out of surgery by Monday but was sedated and could not speak with officers, Coromato said. 

    Coromato also said Utica police were aware there were social media postings of Devins dead — with unspecified injuries. He said he could not confirm whether the photos were authentic, and said the department plans to meet with Devins' family later Monday. When asked about the "murder weapon," though, Coromato did say, "It appears to have been a sharp instrument." No additional details were released.

    The social media role wasn't immediately clear Monday -- but two separate companies issued statements on the matter.

    Instagram issued a statement Monday saying it had removed an image from account @yesjuliet for violating its policies and had taken steps to prevent other users from re-uploading the image to the social platform. The account referenced has an associated name of Brandon Andrew Clark and lists a birthday of Oct. 6, 1997 along with a date of death -- Sunday. 

    A separate company, Social Media Group, issued a statement saying it was aware of social media reports claiming that a young woman had been killed by someone she met on a dating app. Police did not address that immediately. 

    Cops launched an investigation after the parents of one of the two people involved called authorities to report concern "about some things that were happening in the relationship," Coromato said, but he declined to describe the nature of the relationship or provide other details. 

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    An off-duty Newark police officer shot and killed his estranged wife and seriously injured her boyfriend in Jefferson, New Jersey, late Sunday night, law enforcement sources confirmed.

    (Published Monday, July 15, 2019)

    The investigation is ongoing. 

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