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Police looking for vehicle involved in teen girl's death

The girl was found near an apartment building in the 4900 block of North Salida Street on Monday morning, according to police.

DENVER — A teenage girl was found dead Monday morning in east Denver, and police said they were investigating it as a homicide.

Sixteen-year-old Tayanna Manuel's body was found about 6:10 a.m. in the 4900 block of North Salida Street in the Gateway-Green Valley Ranch neighborhood, east of Pena Boulevard and north of Green Valley Ranch Boulevard, a spokesman for the Denver Police Department (DPD) said.

It wasn't clear how the girl died, the spokesman said.

There was no suspect in custody.

On Monday, police asked for helping finding a 2012 grey Honda CR-V, they believe was involved in Manuel's death. The SUV has Colorado license plate CNE-I47 on the back and a black and pink Auto nation dealer plate on the front.

Credit: Denver Police

The Denver Medical Examiner's Office will release the girl's cause of her death after notification of next of kin.

The King Baptist Church released the following statement about Manuel's death Monday afternoon:

We are very sadden to learn of the loss of one of our beloved youth, Tayanna Manuel.

On behalf of the Manuel Family, they/we are asking for your prayers. 

No calls or visits at this time as the family is trying to process. 

 We ask that you please respect the family's wishes and privacy during this turbulent time. 

God is still on the Throne.

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