Missing teen Maggie Long found dead in burned family home; homicide investigation underway

Authorities announced Thursday that the remains of missing Nebraska teen Maggie Long were found in her family’s burning home.

According to KDVR, Long, 17, has been missing since December 1, the day her Bailey home caught fire. She was reportedly last seen near Platte Canyon High School and was believed to have headed home.

Park County Undersheriff Dave Wohlers told KMGH that Long was supposed to have attended a concert at the high school Friday night but never showed up. Police said Saturday that they were analyzing a crime scene near the home and that no search parties were organized to locate the missing teen.

“A Multi-Jurisdictional Task Force comprised of Federal, State, and Local Law Enforcement Agencies has been formed for the sole purpose of bringing any individual involved in the Maggie Long homicide to justice,” the Park County Sheriff’s Office wrote on Facebook Thursday.

“This Task Force will not rest until justice is obtained for Maggie and the Long family.”

KDVR reported that the apparent arson started at Long’s home and her car was located nearby. Investigators revealed that her death is being investigated as a homicide.

Please anybody who is from Bailey, Colorado I need your help. My sister Maggie Long is missing. If you have seen or…

Posted by Lynna Long on Friday, December 1, 2017

The announcement comes days after a judge issued a gag order banning law enforcement from publicly speaking about the case, Patch reported. It is not known if Maggie died as a result of the fire or if she was dead before the house caught fire. It is also not known whether anyone else was in the house at the time.

This is an ongoing investigation. Anyone who spotted suspicious people, vehicles or behavior in the area on December 1 is instructed to contact the Park County Sheriff’s Office’s investigative tip line at 303-239-4243.

[Featured Image: Maggie Long/Facebook]