Murdered 15-year-old stabbed 80 times, set on fire by man she met on Facebook: police

PHILADELPHIA — A Philadelphia man is accused of stabbing a 15-year-old girl 80 times and burning her body after they met on social media.

Police said Thursday that 23-year-old Cole Herring has been charged with murder, arson and abuse of a corpse in the death of Sabriya McLean.

According to police, the Herring met McLean in person on Monday night after the two were reportedly communicating on Facebook.

Homicide Capt. Jack Ryan says Herring attempted to conceal the murder by burning the Delaware girl’s body and burying it under a pile of leaves.

Her body was found Tuesday behind a building in west Philadelphia.

Ryan says Herring’s parents had a role in reporting the killing to authorities. The motive is not yet known.

A message left with the public defender’s office listed as representing Herring was not immediately returned.