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Pauly Likens

Age 14

23 Jun 2024
Sharpsville, Pennsylvania (USA)
Stabbed and dismembered

Pauly Likens
Pauly Likens [photo:]

Pauly went missing from her home on 22nd June. Three days later her dismembered remains were found in trash bags near a lake.

An autopsy revealed her cause of death to have been multiple sharp force injuries. DaShawn Watkins, 29, of Sharon, PA has been charged with first-degree murder, aggravated assault, abuse of a corpse and tampering with physical evidence.

Pauly Likens was a 14 year old trans girl, born and raised in Sharon, Pennsylvania. She went missing on June 22, 2024. Pauly was killed on June 23, 2024. Her parents reported her missing on June 25, 2024. Her death by murder was announced on July 3, 2024.

Likens was reported missing to the Sharon Police Department at about 2:30 p.m. June 25. Later that evening, the Hermitage Police Department responded to a report of dismembered human remains being found near the Golden Run Wildlife Area at the lake, near Clark.

The investigation was referred to the State Police. Over the course of the next week, more dismembered human remains were discovered in multiple areas surrounding the lake, according to a press release from the state police barracks in Mercer.

The State Police were also seen using an underwater drone to search the Shenango River near the Budd Street Bridge in downtown Sharon on June 27.

On Wednesday, July 3, police confirmed that these remains belonged to Pauly, notified her family, and arrested DaShawn Watkins, 29, of Sharon. Watkins was charged with first-degree murder, aggravated assault, abuse of a corpse and tampering with physical evidence, according to court documents. He was arraigned and is being held without bail in the Mercer County Jail.

Pauly liked dogs and other animals and followed several pages dedicating to doing community works.

A candlelight vigil will be held for her on Saturday 113th July 2024.

Report added: 8 Jul 2024. Last updated: 8 Jul 2024

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