What Really Happened To Annie McCann?

By Samantha

Annie McCann 1/5/92-11/2/08

Annie McCann was a sixteen year old high school junior, residing with her parents in Alexandria, VA. She was struggling from depression, as reported by family. Annie was more interested in staying home with her dog, or shooting hoops rather than partaking in “typical” 16 year old social events. Recently obtaining her drivers license, Annie was known for “getting lost on her way to school, in familiar territory” one classmate recalled with a laugh. 

​On October 31, 2008, a voice mail changed everything within the McCann household. It was an automated message stating Annie had never made it to school that day, to which the family found alarming immediately. A search of her room turned up two notes, one that was described as a “suicide” note, and another explaining she was leaving for a fresh start somewhere, and that she would “be careful”. Also noting $1000, jewelry, her favorite clothes and accessories, and a box of Cheerios missing from her belongings, the parents called the local PD and reported her missing. The PD didn’t take it seriously at first, dismissals of “teenage rebellion”, etc., stopped them from investigating Annie’s disappearance as an endangered missing person, and they initially categorized her as a runaway.

Sadly, on November 2, 2008 Annie’s body was recovered behind a dumpster in Baltimore, MD, 50 miles away from her home. Local police immediately began treating Annie’s death as a homicide. Over the course of the initial questioning, police uncovered a group of young men who admitted to finding the McCann family’s Volvo, taking Annie’s body out of the back seat, dumping it where it was later found, searching her and the car for valuables and cash, then taking the car for a joy ride. Later, one young man (Darnell Kinlaw) was convicted of killing his own girlfriend and taking her car for a joyride as well. None of the young men served any time, despite breaking numerous laws.

​In March of 2009, the medical examiner finalizes his report on Annie’s death stating her manner of death to be “Undetermined” and her cause of death to be “Lidocaine poisoning.” It wasn’t until many years later when the family hired a private investigator and they wrote a letter to a state representative, did anyone reach out to Bayer, the makers of Lidocaine, to see if there was enough in a small bottle (one found on Annie’s body, as she’d recently had her ears pierced) to kill a woman who weighed 110 lbs. The company, when contacted, stated that in a five ounce bottle like the one Annie had for her ears, was not enough to kill someone of that weight.

An employee at the funeral home that embalmed Ms. McCann was highly suspicious of a “Goose egg sized injury” on her forehead, (pictured below), as well as what appeared to be a cigarette burn, and traumatic injuries to her rectum which she has never seen in her 25 years in funeral home work. Still, the jurisdiction in charge insisted there were no signs of sexual assault, as well as no bruises, marks, scrapes, or contusions on her body. The official medical examiner’s report also states the same. 

*The alleged cigarette burn appears over left eyebrow, and goose egg is prominent in the middle of her forehead.

In addition, the autopsy performing Medical Examiner and the funeral home responsible for her remains, returned Annie’s remains to her parents without the brain or heart, but never answered their questions as to why in the world this would happen.

Many speculate that perhaps Annie used the Bactine to make herself vomit, although no signs of this were found in the car, the dumpster area where she was found, plus she had a full stomach upon autopsy performance. Police claim her DNA was found on the lip of the Bactine bottle found in the dumpster area near her body, yet no one’s fingerprints are on the bottle, including her parents who handled it in addition to Annie. The only fingerprint found inside the Volvo belonged to the young man, who’s subsequent behavior should have lead to direct questioning or reexamination of Annie’s body, given that her original cause of death was listed as “suicide”.

Overall, the case should be reopened. Further investigation and tests need be performed to confirm lidocaine poisoning and also to test for signs of a struggle such as skin cells found under her nails, and the results from the rape kit performed on Annie by the Baltimore medical official who was ordered to do it. Annie’s parents have repeatedly been denied these requests. I hope by putting this submission out for A Case A Day will help raise awareness for Annie McAnn’s case to be re-evaluated.

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5 thoughts on “What Really Happened To Annie McCann?

  • I think that the medical examiner should be fired for not suspecting rape by the man who stole her
    Car and probably hit her in the head, held her down and raped her, beat, and then forced her to drink the bactine. He then wiped it and the fact that he dumped the body indicates a lot of guilt. He should’ve been further questioned.

  • Those boys could have gone all the way to where she lived and kidnapped her and taken her car aswell.Killed her and drove far to dump her body..Honestly I truly believe this is what happened.

  • Sounds like this poor child was murdered. Not suicide. I couldn’t even read it all, it’s just too horrific to understand. My heart breaks for her Mom & Dad. I’ll pray they find the answers they deserve.

  • Why and how would someone force her to drink Bactine? If you can believe that as a murder method, why can’t you believe it for a suicide? Seems like a pretty unlikely thing to do, from either angle.

    And for the other comment about the boys going all the way to Alexandria to kidnap her, I’m sorry, but that is the silliest thing I’ve ever heard. Are you suggesting they knew her? If not, what would be the motive? Why her? How did the boys get there? Did they ride public transportation from Baltimore, or did they drive their own car and then steal Annie’s, too? Sure, Annie’s suicide has some strange aspects to it, but are they any more far-fetched than some of the murder theories people are proposing?

    I have read a lot about this case, and while it is unusual, I think it is clearly a suicide. The injuries to her body are pretty superficial and could have happened when the boys were dragging her body out of the car and behind the dumpster.

    I think the mortician and the waitress, while well meaning, were just mistaken. People say “how did she end up in Baltimore when she had such a bad sense of direction?” Well, who says she meant to end up there? Maybe she just got in her car and drove. I’m not saying everything makes perfect sense, but things rarely do when you’re suicidal.

    • The problem is that “death by Bactine” has been debunked – there was not enough lidocaine in the Bactine bottle found in Annie’s car to be lethal. It would take three bottles to kill a girl her size. That is, if she could even keep that much of the caustic, foul tasting stuff down. There was no evidence of her ingesting the Bactine, which would have left damage to her lips, gums, and esophagus.

      I don’t believe the Bactine was the murder method, but with lidocaine toxicity being the cause of death, that just leaves the question of where the toxic dose of lidocaine actually came from.

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