Fam­ily of 17-year-old Nor­folk girl found dead starts GoFundMe page, po­lice say

Some­one pre­vi­ously made phony Cash App ac­count ask­ing for money

Daily Press - - News - By Saleen Martin

“Asia was very close to her younger sib­lings, Adar­ius & Keyra. More than any­thing, we think Asia would want to en­sure that her sib­lings were taken care of.”

— GoFundMe page

Fol­low­ing con­cerns over the week­end that some­one was try­ing to fraud­u­lently raise money in the wake of a 17-year-old Nor­folk girl’s death, New­port News po­lice on Tues­day an­nounced the teen’s fam­ily had started a GoFundMe page.

The girl, Asia Cow­ell, was re­ported miss­ing from Nor­folk on Sept. 7. Po­lice tweeted ask­ing for help find­ing her four days later.

Her body was found in New­port News on Sept. 23 near the wood line, close to the16000 block of War­wick Blvd., po­lice said Fri­day.

The GoFundMe ac­count, which po­lice said they’ve ver­i­fied, will sup­port Cow­ell’s sib­lings as they pur­sue their ed­u­ca­tion in the fu­ture.

“Asia was very close to her younger sib­lings, Adar­ius & Keyra,” the GoFundMe page reads. “More than any­thing, we think Asia would want to en­sure that her sib­lings were taken care of.”

Over the week­end, the po­lice depart­ment posted a warn­ing to let the pub­lic know about a scam in­volv­ing the teenager’s death.

Some­one made a Cash App ac­count and asked for do­na­tions in Cow­ell’s honor. The po­lice depart­ment said her fam­ily had not cre­ated a fund at that point. The depart­ment reached out to Cash App on the fam­ily’s be­half to have the fake ac­count closed.

There was also an In­sta­gram ac­count as­so­ci­ated with the scam, po­lice said.

Po­lice said Fri­day that they have no in­for­ma­tion avail­able on Asia’s death and the in­ves­ti­ga­tion is on­go­ing. Both the New­port News Po­lice Depart­ment and the Nor­folk Po­lice Depart­ment are work­ing the case.

“De­spite our grief, we are ex­tremely grate­ful to every­one for their sup­port dur­ing this truly dif­fi­cult time,” the GoFundMe page reads.

Po­lice ask that any­one with in­for­ma­tion call the Crime Line at 1–888LOCK-U-UP (1–888–562– 5887) or sub­mit a tip on­line at p3tips.com.

To do­nate to Cow­ell’s f a mily, visit g ofundme.com/f/the-asi­a­cow­ell-le­gacy-fund.

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