Friday 23 February 2018

Teenager arrested after taking Snapchat selfie with dead body

Snapchat: temporary picture sharing app
Snapchat: temporary picture sharing app

Authorities say a western Pennsylvania teenager charged in the shooting death of another teen took a selfie with the body and sent it to a friend on social media.

The 16-year-old boy is charged with homicide and a firearms count in the death of 16-year-old Ryan Mangan, who was found on Wednesday evening in his home in Jeannette, Pennsylvania.

Police were contacted by the mother of another boy who said he had received a photo showing the suspect with the victim after he had been shot, and also received text messages from the suspect saying: "Told you I cleaned up the shells" and "Ryan was not the last one."

The photograph had been sent via Snapchat, a phone app that automatically deletes pictures a few seconds after they have been viewed. However, the recipient saved the picture before it was deleted.

"(Police) received a copy of the photo which depicted the victim sitting in the chair with a gunshot wound to the face," a police affidavit states. "It also depicts a black male taking the 'selfie,' with his face facing the camera and the victim behind the actor."

John Peck, Westmoreland County district attorney, told the Pittsburgh Tribune Review it was the first time he had heard of such a case.

"I've never seen it before," he said, "but it was a key piece of evidence that led investigators to the defendant."

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