Cause of Death Revealed for Missing 11-Year-Old Found Dead

The tragic death of 11-year-old Audrii Cunningham, who was reported missing in Texas, has been confirmed by authorities. The Harris County Institute of Forensic Sciences has determined that the cause of her death was blunt head trauma, classifying it as a homicide. This revelation has cast a grim light on the circumstances surrounding her disappearance.

Audrii was reported missing on February 15 when she did not attend school in Livingston, sparking immediate concern among local authorities and the community. Her lifeless body was found in a river five days later. In connection with her death, 42-year-old Don Steven McDougal has been charged with first-degree murder.

McDougal, a close family friend who had even joined in the search for Audrii, was arrested, causing a ripple of shock throughout the community. The Polk County Sheriff’s Office disclosed that McDougal was identified as a person of interest shortly after Audrii’s disappearance due to unrelated assault charges.

Further details about the discovery of Audrii’s body have been released, providing a chilling account of the crime. According to authorities, she was found tied to a large rock with a rope that matched one found in McDougal’s car. McDougal, who was the last person seen with Audrii, had previously been entrusted with her care and was known to live in a trailer on her family’s property.

This tragic event has brought McDougal’s criminal history into focus, which includes previous convictions for child enticement. As the investigation continues, it is still uncertain whether McDougal has secured legal representation.

The heartrending death of Audrii Cunningham has left a community in mourning and serves as a stark reminder of the potential dangers that can hide behind familiar faces. As law enforcement continues their efforts to bring justice to the grieving family, the full scope of the investigation and the motive behind this horrific crime remain to be disclosed.