Amish Girl Shot Dead in Buggy

Ohio shooting ruled a homicide

By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff

Posted Dec 20, 2011 2:19 AM CST | Updated Dec 20, 2011 10:28 AM CST

(Newser) – The case of a young Amish girl who was fatally shot while driving her horse and buggy home from a Christmas party has been ruled a homicide. Rachel Yoder, 15, died on Friday, a day after she was found lying on the ground outside her family's Ohio home. Relatives initially believed she had injured herself in a fall from the buggy some time after 10pm, but doctors discovered that she had been shot in the head, the Wooster Daily-Record reports.

Investigators followed a trail of blood to a nearby intersection, where they believe she was shot. No bullet holes were found in the buggy and a thorough search of the area didn't turn up any bullet casings. Police have told area residents to look out for suspicious activity and avoid traveling alone.

Police aren't sure whether the buggy was deliberately targeted.
Police aren't sure whether the buggy was deliberately targeted.   (AP Photo/David Duprey)
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