The mysterious death of an Oregon schoolgirl whose body was found in a stream after her mother reported her missing almost 24 hours after she disappeared is being treated as a homicide.
Milana Li, 13, had not been seen since 4pm Sunday when she was spotted around her family’s apartment near Murray Boulevard and Scholls Ferry Road but was only reported missing at 1pm the following day.
The teenager’s mother told police the schoolgirl was a ‘runaway’ and was possibly wearing ‘plaid pajamas with white writing on the side and a dark hooded sweatshirt’ when she vanished.
Her body was found in the Westside Linear Park, near the intersection of Barrows Road and Horizon Boulevard at about 3pm Tuesday after cops were called to the area on a report of ‘suspicious circumstances,’ the Beaverton Police Department said in a statement.
The Conestoga Middle School sixth-grader’s body was taken to the autopsy lab, where her death was ultimately ruled a homicide but it is unclear how she died.
Milana Li, 13, was found dead in a stream in Beaverton, Oregon – near Portland – on Tuesday afternoon. The Conestoga Middle Schooler was last seen on Sunday evening, but wasn’t reported missing until Monday around 1pm and she was deemed a ‘runaway.’ Police found her body in the Westside Linear Park stream and have since ruled her death a homicide
Police found the girl’s body in the Westside Linear Park, near the intersection of Barrows Road and Horizon Boulevard (pictured) on Tuesday around 3pm after being called to the area on a report of ‘suspicious circumstances,’ the Beaverton Police Department said in a statement
‘The circumstances surrounding Li’s death are suspicious. This is an ongoing investigation,’ the Beaverton Police Department wrote in a statement.
Police said they ‘do not believe there is a continued threat to our community’.
A makeshift memorial has been set up in the park near the stream where Li’s body was found.
Multiple candles, baby dolls, stuffed animals, and flowers have been laid on the sidewalk and a rainbow balloon waves in the wind as cars drive.
Savanna Tinline, a classmate of Li’s, planted lavender near the stream with her mother in honor of the girl.
‘Looking at the memorial, the flowers on the hard concrete, Savanna’s mother Krista told KOIN 6. ‘I wanted something more permanent and she said: “Mom, can we go down there? She really liked purple flowers.”‘
‘We wanted something that will just stay there for her,’ Savanna said.
Malikai Johnson, eight, and his mother Kortnie also visited the memorial and dropped off a small Beanie Baby to honor Li.
‘We have a couple friends that were her friends that were like really, really depressed and were very sad, so that’s why we came, and we did this for them,’ Malikai told KATU 2.
Kortnie said she would be keeping a close eye on her son as a result of the homicide, despite normally feeling safe in the area, KATU 2 reported.
‘Like the other day he said: “I’m gonna scooter down to some friends’ houses,” and as a mom, you hesitate and you’re like: “Well, how far? I’m gonna follow you just to make sure.” And now this happened, and I’m like: “Well, now I’m gonna bike ride with you because I’m not comfortable 100% yet,”‘ Kortnie said.
A makeshift memorial has been set up on the sidewalk near the place she died and has been filled with flowers and stuffed animals for the sixth-grader
Mary Stanley, a grandmother who walks the trial regularly with her granddaughter, told KATU 2: ‘We walk this trail, we love this trail, it’s just a good way to get exercise, get fresh air, meet people.
‘It broke my heart, honestly, both her and I this morning. When we heard, we just wanted to cry because, like I said, if it were my daughter, I don’t even know how I would react.’
Stanley revealed she and her granddaughter had prayed the night before for Li’s safe return and said seeing the memorial was ‘very hard.’
Beaverton Police Department reported they had ‘several tips’ from the community and are actively investigating.
DailyMail.com has attempted to contact the Beaverton PD for comment.