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Shoreacres teen's death determined to be suicide

HOUSTON – Abigail English's death has been ruled a suicide by hanging, according to the Harris County Medical Examiner's Office.

English led a troubled life. At age 15, she had spent most of it in foster care in California.

When she was finally reunited with her biological family in Shoreacres last year, friends say the relationship remained rocky.

She lived with her maternal grandmother in Shore Acres. When Abigail disappeared March 22, her grandmother reported she had run away.

Three weeks later, concerned that no one seemed to be looking for her, Abigail's teachers at La Porte High School called Texas EquuSearch for help

“We'd gone to the police station, we'd talked to grandma, just a dead end. There just wasn't anything else being done as far as we could see," said Love Tay, school psychologist.

On April 23, EquuSearch volunteers found human remains believed to be Abigail's near her grandmother's home. As yet there has been no positive identification or ruling as to how she died.

But EquuSearch Director Tim Miller is moving to ensure she won't be as alone in death as she seemed to be in life.

Abigail's mother has given Miller permission to bury her next to his daughter, Laura, in Dickinson.

Laura Miller disappeared in 1984 and was found murdered 17 months later. After her death, Miller devoted his life to finding other parents missing children.

But he felt a connection with the girl it seems no one wanted. A bond with him, and his lost girl.

"Laura disappeared also and they said she was a runaway and we couldn't get any help. Her name was never in (the) news or on TV until her body was found 17 months later. I remember the helpless hopeless feeling. Yes, it touched me." Miller said.

Miller says Abigail's legal custodian is currently the state of California. He has obtained permission from the girl's mother to bury her next to his daughter in Mount Olivet Cemetery in Dickinson. He says he expects California officials will agree to it as well as soon as details are worked out.