Girl's body found in a Sierra creek; 2 arrested

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Updated: 12/18/2013 1:15 pm

SIERRA NATIONAL FOREST, Calif. (AP) — Two men are under arrest on suspicion of child cruelty after authorities found the body of a 17-year-old girl in a stream in the Sierra National Forest.

The Madera County Sheriff's Office says search and rescue crews found the body of Tara Maguire of Simi Valley late Monday near the Rock Creek Campground.

Deputies responded to a call for help from a stranded motorist Monday, and were told by 20-year old Scott Mason and 18-year-old Jacob Banaga that Maguire had been missing for about 24 hours.

Authorities say both men acknowledged being on a multi-day methamphetamine binge, and search crews quickly found Maguire's body in a nearby creek.

Investigators are still determining how she died.

Both men are being held in Madera County Jail.


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