Investigation into death of Columbia girl, 16, transferred to DEA

Thursday, April 24, 2014 | 8:09 p.m. CDT; updated 9:31 p.m. CDT, Thursday, April 24, 2014

COLUMBIA — Columbia police have transferred the investigation into the death of a 16-year-old girl whose body was found in a Columbia motel room to the U.S. Attorney's Office and the Drug Enforcement Administration, a police official said Thursday.

Police found Morgan Myers of Columbia dead at 5:45 a.m. April 3 in a room at Providence Suites. An unidentified man called 911 and said he found her unconscious in his room, according to previous Missourian reporting

Police were investigating the incident as a homicide.

The case was transferred to the federal agencies because of circumstances surrounding Myers' death — circumstances the department did not make public because they were important to the investigation, Columbia Assistant Chief Jill Schlude said in an email.

Schlude said she could not comment further because the case is in the hands of the DEA and remains under investigation.

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