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Death of Girl Rescued From Dam Ruled Suicide

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A missing teenager who was rescued from the base of a San Diego County dam who died at the hospital committed suicide, the coroner has determined.

The 16-year-old has been identified as Reyna Carolina Genel, according to the Medical Examiner's Office.

"The ruling came after an autopsy by the medical examiner and an investigation by the Sheriff's Department into the girl's disappearance from the family home in Chula Vista," notes L.A. Now.

Genel was reported missing Monday. That same day, hikers spotted the teen at the base of the Upper Otay Lakes Dam, some 75 feet down. She was airlifted out and taken to the hospital where she died of her injuries.

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The official ruling for cause of death was "Blunt impact injuries of head" by manner of suicide.

Mater Dei Catholic High School held a prayer vigil Wednesday night in her memory, according to East County Magazine.