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Could Surveillance Footage Help Solve Mystery of Teen Dropped Off Dead at Hospital?

Chloe Ricard, 13, of Amesbury, Massachusetts was dropped off dead at Lawrence General Hospital on Friday

Police are reportedly reviewing surveillance footage from Lawrence General Hospital and city cameras as part of their investigation into the mysterious death of a 13-year-old girl who was left at the emergency room already dead earlier this week.

Chloe Ricard of Amesbury was left at the hospital at 4:47 p.m. on Monday, according to police. Officials are investigating the cause of her death and who abandoned her body at the scene.

The Eagle Tribune reports that investigators will review surveillance video to help solve the puzzling incident.

Officials have also reportedly issued a search warrant at a Tower Hill address. The Eagle Tribune reports that a minivan driven by a man believed to have been with the teen before her death was also examined.

Prior to being dropped off, she was hanging out with friends on Monday morning, according to her stepfather, Brian Dolan. 

The girl's mother, Deborah Goldsmith-Dolan, told the Boston Globe that she had dropped her daughter off at a friend's house in Amesbury on Sunday afternoon. When she didn't hear from her by Monday morning, she texted her daughter's friends, who told her she was with a friend in Haverhill. She went to file a missing person's report around 4 p.m. Monday and got a text shortly thereafter from one of Chloe's friends saying that she had been taken to the hospital.

The teen was a student at Solstice Day School, an alternative school in Rowley. Prior to that, she attended Amesbury Middle School.

Amesbury schools released a statement saying Chloe "was kind to the younger students in the school and she showed great empathy for others. We will miss her smile, her creativity and her huge heart."

An autopsy was performed Tuesday, but the district attorney's office said it could be some time before there is a ruling on the cause and manner of death.

No arrests have been made.

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