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SCHUYLKILL TOWNSHIP -- The search for a missing teenager in Schuylkill County has ended tragically.

The Schuylkill County coroner says search crews found Cassidy Derr's body Tuesday night on Tuscarora Mountain near Tamaqua.

Her grandmother says her family was hoping she would be found safe.

They are all devastated by her death.

"Saturday night, I got the call from her mom. I couldn't believe it, too young, too young. People are going too young today," said Marge Derr, Cassidy's grandmother.

Cassidy's grandmother says the teenager had gone up on Tuscarora Mountain Saturday night but left the following morning after getting into a fight with a friend.

The last time she was heard from she was telling another friend she was lost and her phone was about to die.

"She was a wonderful girl. She wouldn't hurt nobody. She was always there to help people out."

About 25 people from the Northeast Search and Rescue Team combed the mountain for Derr.

They found her body around 6 p.m. on Tuesday.

"It is a difficult time for all of us. It's just, you don' expect this to happen to your family. You know it happens, but you never think it's going to happen to you," said Derr.

Cassidy had Type-1 diabetes and used an insulin pump. It is unclear at this point if her diabetes played a role in her death.

Cassidy's entire family is heartbroken over the loss.

"I tell everybody, go home and hug your children and keep them close to you because you never know what's going to happen," Derr said.

An autopsy is scheduled for Thursday.

On Tuesday, search crews and family members were still holding out hope that Derr would be found alive.


  • Feed Me More

    people need to stop saying “praying for the family”. instead of empty words that do absolutely nothing, how about actually visiting the family, offering help either physically, or monetarily. if not stop talking

      • i_see_big_mouths

        @both of you so what are the two of you doing instead of blowing off your mouths at everyone you don’t know when it’s none of your business anymore than it is ours. don’t let the right hand know what the left hand is doing and God didn’t die and you didn’t inherit the throne.

    • Don't be a fool

      “The person without the Spirit does not accept the things that come from the Spirit of God but considers them foolishness, and cannot understand them because they are discerned only through the Spirit.”
      ‭‭1 Corinthians‬ ‭2:14‬

      • Don't be a fool

        I’m looking forward to the afterlife because I’m 100% certain what awaits me. Can you say the same? 10% of my gross pay is nothing-I’ve been blessed with a more than abundant paycheck and enjoy supporting Gods work here on earth. Money is not a big deal to me. I don’t believe in religion either, religion was made by man. I believe in a personal relationship with the Creator through his son Jesus. Don’t be blinded by hatred and ignorance.

      • Don't be a fool

        He doesn’t, but other people do to advance His word through the world and to help others. Dont be selfish. Even if you don’t have money to share, you have time and talents to help others.

    • ☹️

      Praying for the family aren’t empty words. You obviously have no idea the power of prayer has. It works. But those are the kind of words you expect from anyone who doesn’t believe God or his word.

    • El Ma

      What a sad and malicious stance. I hope you’re just one of the nassssssssty trolls fishing for attention. If you truly do feel that way, I pity you in your empty, dark, cold, and lonely world devoid of compassion or empathy.

  • Kayla

    I truly believe WNEP needs to disable comments on all of their news stories. About 90% of them are completely hurtful and shouldn’t be allowed. This enables cyber bullying. If there is an issue with an article that deserves a comment, said person should contact the writer.

    • Snarf snarf

      Kayla- Simple remedy, don’t come on this website. Go find your safe place. Maybe Facebook, Democrat rally, something like that. You’re not gonna find any cybertissues on here girl. Go play in someone else’s sandbox.

      • Kayla

        Apparently, your safeplace is hiding behind a screen using names such as “snarf snarf.” You’re irrelevant.

    • Lloyd Schmucatelli

      Wow, that’s some sensitive snowflake stuff right there!!

      You see, wnep DID shut
      down the page section in the past. Unfortunately their website traffic plummeted as a result. Ultimately, they don’t care about our arguments, comments, jokes, accolades, satire, and the like. They care about page clicks equaling Advertising dollars!!

    • Bartletts Familiar Quotations

      You are a very intelligent person. Please do not get caught in a spitting contest with these trolls. Their comments are interesting to read and many times give you a good belly laugh. The like of Schumcatelli and MagicMikeXXSM are nothing more than trolls trying to evoke a response. More than likely, they are $13.65 an hour order selectors somewhere and have a lot of time on their hands, (all day long by the way) to make disgusting and inane comments on this board. Thanks for adding your intelligent comments and don’t get sucked into a conversation with these idiots. If it’s a battle of wits, you are dealing with unarmed opponents. Thanks and have a great Labor Day. (PS-I’d love to sit down and have a coffee with these guys, but they don’t have the guts to come out from behind their screen names).

  • Bill K.

    Do kids these days even know what 911 is? She has the wherewithal to reach out to a “friend” on some kind of social media but doesn’t know to call 911 when she’s in trouble? And what was wrong with her friend? Why didn’t her friend call 911 on Ms. Derr’s behalf? I’ve heard stories of people in chat rooms who had medical issues. The people they were chatting with (other side of the world, literally!) googled how to dial for emergency services where that person lived. Go ahead and downvote me….imaginary internet points don’t count for anything anyway. People have to learn to use 911 when there’s an emergency.

  • Coal crackers

    “Up on the mountain,” and “Schuylkill county,” is never a good combination. Might at well throw “pedo street roamers” while your at it. The pedo street roamers are no strangers to the forests nor the mountains. Afterall, the majority of them reside in the Frackville Vo-tech woods.

  • Archie the troll

    OK, since you call it like you see it, I’ll do the same. If you’re the same Archie that posts the drivel about the government, the constitution, and guns, I think you’re a pathetic loser looking for attention since people that really know you won’t give you the time of day. You have no clue of any of the circumstances surrounding the death of this young lady, but waste no time jumping to conclusions and blaming her for the outcome. I truly wish someone would ‘out’ you and publish your name and address. You make me sick.

    • Archie Beal = Loser

      You are correct! People like Archie Beal don’t have much of a life. It’s unfortunate that he tries to bring other people down to his level. Good luck Archie Beal. Someday you may find a friend that will sit down and talk to you.

  • Kate

    Rest in Peace.
    I bet that “friend” feels bad.

    Prayers to the family… question is why was she out so late… in the woods? Under age party??? Needs to be investigated.

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