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Tinder date blamed for teenager's death

Posted at 10:03 AM, Dec 22, 2017
and last updated 2017-12-22 10:03:58-05

KANSAS CITY, MO (KSHB/CNN) - When Bailey Sherman didn't hear from Mikayla Norris on Monday, she knew something was wrong.

Her hunch was correct. Norris' body was found in south Kansas City and the person of interest in the case was found dead in her car of an apparent suicide.

"She told me she was just hanging out with a friend," Sherman said. "Once her family started asking me if I had seen her, it broke me because I knew she wouldn't do this."

Sherman and Norris, 18, were best friends since the third grade, and the two were practically inseparable.

Norris' body was found after being missing for three days. Kareem McCoy Lee's body was found in her car. Norris' family believes she met Lee through the dating app Tinder.

Sherman said she often looked through Norris' phone because she knew she used the app and wanted to see who she was talking to. She did not see Lee.

Police have not confirmed the Tinder connection and are still investigation what happened between the time she went missing and her body was found. However, Lee is their only suspect.

Sherman said she is still coming to terms with her friend being gone.

"Mikayla is just someone you would look at and know," Sherman said. "She could bring a smile to anyone's face. We weren't supposed to be burying her. We were supposed to be out living."

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