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Teens in MS-13 Arrested After 14-Year-Old Girl’s Body Found in Maryland Creek: Police

Three teenagers were arrested, two of whom are suspected MS-13 gang members, after police discovered a 14-year-old girl's body in Prince George's County, Maryland.

Police found the body of Ariana Funes-Diaz, of Adelphi, on Wednesday morning in a creek in the 6300 block of 64th Avenue in Riverdale after receiving a tip.

Josue Fuentes-Ponce, 16, Joel Escobar, 17, and Cynthia Hernandez-Nucamendi, 14, are suspected of killing Funes-Diaz in a wooded area behind an apartment complex on 64th Avenue on April 18, Prince George's County police said in a news conference Thursday.

A 14-year-old girl was brutally beaten to death in Prince George's County, police say. Three teenagers were charged and police say two of them have ties to M-S-13. News4's Cory Smith reports.

The trio was fearful that Funes-Diaz would go to the police about a robbery all four of them allegedly committed in D.C. on April 17, Maj. Brian Riley with Prince George's County Police Department said.

Funes-Diaz and Hernandez-Nucamendi were reported missing in April and police said they ran away from Anne Arundel County.

A fourth unidentified suspect was also involved, police said.

Fuentes-Ponce, of Bladensburg, and Escobar, of Northeast D.C., are members of MS-13.

The three suspects were arrested and charged with first-degree murder and related charges. Escobar and Hernandez-Nucamendi are in the custody of the Department of Corrections on a no-bond status. Ponce is in custody at the Cheltenham Youth Detention Center.

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