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Police warn public on scam using Cash App to solicit donations after missing teen body found in Newport News

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Posted at 3:41 PM, Sep 26, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-29 15:00:35-04

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. - Newport News Police are warning the public of a scam involving an Instagram account user soliciting donations after a 17-year-old missing Norfolk teen that was found dead in Newport News.

17-year-old Asia Cowell body was found in a wooded area off Warwick Boulevard in Newport News on Wednesday.

Norfolk Police reported the 17-year-old missing on September 7.

Police say a scam was brought to their attention that Instagram user @kiethcarry_757, is using Cash App to accept donations. According to detectives, Cowell's family have confirmed that no accounts have been established or approved by them and so police say it should therefore be considered a scam.

The user is using Cash App name $HELPUS757. Police say the family has now set up an account for donations. They are currently reaching out to Cash App to terminate the account.

To donate to the family's GoFundMe, click here.

Police say if anyone has any questions to please call 757-928-4296 with any questions.

Newport News Police Chief Steve Drew says solving Asia’s homicide is a high priority.