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Detroit woman reported missing after meeting online date found dead

Cynthia Worthy, 23, found dead in alley


DETROIT – After days with no answers, the family of Cynthia Worthy got a call Tuesday that they didn't want to hear.

On Tuesday morning, investigators identified the body of the woman found stabbed to death Monday night in an alley off the 4000 block of Davison on Detroit's west side as Worthy.

The 23-year-old left her home last Friday on Cortland on Detroit's west side to meet a man she met on the social media escorting website -- Backpage.com. She never returned home.

Local 4 spoke with her mother, Priscilla Harrison, over the phone Tuesday afternoon.

"A sweet and loving girl that just made a mistake," said Harrison. "Overall, she was the person who was always doing something for somebody else, going out of her way for her family."

Investigators spent hours at the scene Monday night collecting as much evidence as they could to find the person who killed the young woman.

"We are certainly asking for the public's help on this to determine what took place. So we're checking some things -- the Backpage connection," said Detroit Police Chief James Craig.

Worthy's mother wants to warn other women to be careful about meeting men online.

"When you put yourself in that predicament ... to put yourself out there, you know anything can happen," said Harrison. "I'm just sorry that I didn't make her stay here with me."

Results of an autopsy are expected to reveal an official cause of death.

Worthy's family is asking for donations to help with funeral expense. They've put together this GoFundMe page.

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