The family of a young Irish woman living in Queens who was found dead last month has offered a $35,000 bounty for information about her death. On October 12, 26-year-old Claire McKenna was found “unresponsive and unconscious” at the intersection of 94th Street and 214th Street in Queens Village. According to police, she was found by a passer-by who called 911. According to police, she had a history of drug use and had marks on her left arm, but she has yet to give her cause of death to the city coroner’s office. The Irish Mirror reported that before Claire McKenna was found dead, she had sent text messages to her parents in Ireland asking for help, and police found video of a man shoving her body. According to the reward announcement, the family is offering $35,000 for information leading to her arrest and conviction.
Irishwoman Claire McKenna’s family offers $35,000 for information about her after she dies in NYC.
On October 12, 2022, the body of Claire McKenna, a 26-year-old Irishwoman, was found in New York. According to her father, she was attending a meeting in New York. 94th Street and 214th Street in Queens is where Claire was found lying face down in the bushes. According to NBC New York, McKenna’s body was discovered by a passer-by who called police. On October 11, 2022 at 3:11 am, a shocking text arrived to her family. Claire’s father, Derek McKenna, said he received a text message saying “Help me.” Derek said he made several attempts to contact Claire McKenna, but he did not respond. About 24 hours after sending the distressing message, the suspicious man was caught on surveillance video. At 4:34 am, a man wearing a mask and black clothes was seen carrying a body on a doll. Claire McKenna’s body was found a stone’s throw from his location. However, the NYPD did not confirm the message or the video. According to a preliminary toxicology report, Claire McKenna died without an apparent cause. Additionally, the city coroner has yet to determine the actual cause of her death. Anyone who can provide information about Claire’s death will receive a $35,000 prize from her family in an effort to uncover the circumstances surrounding her death. According to the Daily Mail, Clare McKenna’s arms appear to have marks. She also claimed to have a history of substance abuse.
However, her family is denying the drug-related charges. Claire had a trail when they found her and she was partially clothed in her clothes. Obviously they didn’t make this known. Claire’s father, Derek McKenna, told her that he had her medical marijuana card. Claire McKenna has never been into heavy drugs. That’s why the McKenna family is concerned that her image is being misrepresented and that her case could be dismissed as a drug overdose. Claire’s father, Derek, was born in Kilkerley, on the outskirts of Dundalk in Co Louth. In the 1980s, the family moved to New York, but decided to stay close to their Irish roots. Upon hearing the tragic news of Claire’s death, Claire’s uncle and godfather, Nigel McKenna, said her family was extremely devastated. Nigel McKenna told The Argus that Claire McKenna called her brother on the morning of Monday, October 10, and everything was fine. Nigel added that Claire McKenna loves dogs and picks up food for the homeless. The whole family is devastated. It is unbearable to see my sister-in-law and her brother in such pain and sorrow.