Body of missing Troy teen has been found


By Sheryl Roadcap

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TROY — The body of 14-year-old Ellie Carder, the missing teen from Troy, has been found.

According to Troy Police, on Sunday, March 3, at 2:19 pm, the Miami County Communication Center received a call from a kayaker on the Great Miami River stating they found a body in the river approximately two miles downstream from the east state Route 41 bridge over the river in Troy.

Deputies from the Miami County Sheriff’s Office, detectives and officers from the Troy Police Department (TPD), and the Troy Fire Department (TFD) responded to the scene. The TFD recovered the body from the river and it was confirmed to be Ellie, said a press release from Troy Police Chief Shawn McKinney.

“A preliminary exam of the body by a coroner’s investigator did not find any obvious signs of trauma. Ellie’s body will be transported to the Montgomery County Coroner’s office for an autopsy. Results from the autopsy are usually available in eight to 12 weeks,” the release concluded.

Troy Police were engaged in a search for Ellie since she was reported missing on Friday, Feb. 2. She allegedly went missing on Wednesday, Jan. 31.

Crisis counselors were available at Troy High School and Upper Valley Career Center for grieving students on Monday, March 4. The Troy City School District issued the following statement on its Facebook page Sunday:

“We are incredibly heartbroken to hear this tragic news regarding Ellie Carder, a Troy High School student.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with Ellie, her family, her friends and the entire Troy community.

“We would like to thank the Troy Police Department, Troy Fire Department, the Miami County Communication Center, Miami County Sheriff’s Office and all of the first responders and volunteers who were involved in the search.

“Please keep all of our students in your thoughts and prayers. We will have crisis counselors available at Troy High School and the Upper Valley Career Center tomorrow for any students who need help dealing with this news.”

Ellie’s family will receive visitors from 4 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, March 7, at Baird Funeral Home in Troy. Services will be led by Pastor Jon Keller at 11 a.m. on Friday, March 8. Interment to follow at Riverside Cemetery in Troy.

In lieu of flowers or gifts, the family asks to consider giving to the Go-Fund-Me account set up in Ellie’s name to help cover the cost of the funeral expenses. The Go-Fund-Me page can be found at

Condolences may be expressed to the family through Baird Funeral Home’s website at

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