Authorities investigate the death of a Benson teenager

By WEEK Producer

November 27, 2013 Updated Nov 27, 2013 at 8:47 PM CDT

BENSON, Ill. -- The Woodford County Coroner calls the death of a 17-year-old Benson girl "suspicious and unnatural".

Coroner Tim Ruestman said Mariah Higgins-Nino was found unresponsive around noon on Tuesday at a home in the 500 block of Linn Street.

An autopsy was conducted. The cause of death is not being released pending toxicology tests.

The death is being investigated by the Woodford County Sheriff, Woodford County Coroner and Woodford County State's Attorney.

Mariah was a junior at Roanoke-Benson High School. Funeral services are scheduled for Saturday at the Knapp-Johnson-Harris Funeral Home in Roanoke.

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