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AUSTINTOWN TOWNSHIP, Ohio -
Jacquelin Bacher remembers the last time she saw her 16-year-old daughter, Gina Burger.

It was around 8:00 p.m. Monday night inside their home at Compass West apartments in Austintown.

"She went down to ask the neighbor for tea bags and she went down in her stocking feet and she didn't come up for awhile, that's when I went outside and started looking," Bacher said. 

She never found Burger and filed a missing person report that night. Then Friday authorities told her the worst, Burger's body had been found at a waste disposal facility in Grove City on Wednesday. An official says she had one stab wound.

Austintown's police chief says it appears to be a homicide but still not much information is known.
 
"Right now, trying to determine where it took place, what happened, and if we find out what happened, the cause of death and where it took place," said Austintown Police Chief Bob Gavalier. 
 
Bacher says it wasn't like her daughter to not say where she was going. Burger had moved back here from Texas in December. "She didn't have friends yet up here because she hadn't started school, she wasn't starting school till fall," Bacher said. 
 
She hopes parents living in the apartment complex hold on to their kids a little tighter now.
"Watch them more now than ever before because someone is around here messing with girls, and hurting them and just getting rid of them like a piece of trash like their life meant nothing to nobody when she meant the world to us." 

The Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation is working overtime this weekend to process evidence from Pennsylvania State Police.

Police are awaiting toxicology reports with the complete autopsy.

There are no suspects at this time.




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