Crime & Courts

German exchange student found dead

ROCK HILL - Students and staff members at South Pointe High are mourning the "tragic, unexpected loss" of a German exchange student, principal Al Leonard said Thursday.

Hannah Hinrichsen, 16, died Wednesday at her host family's home. She complained she had a headache and was feeling nauseated, so she stayed home from school, according to a Rock Hill police report.

Hinrichsen died between 7:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m., and was found by her host mother, who checked to see whether the girl was hungry, police reported.

York County Coroner Sabrina Gast said they won't know the cause of death until after the autopsy.

Hinrichsen was an 11th grader and had been enrolled at South Pointe since August.

She was "immersed in student life" in a short time, Leonard said. Hinrichsen was a member of the chorus and had been taking several art classes, he said. She was looking forward to joining the Drama Club next semester.

"Our hearts go out to Hannah's biological family on the other side of the world and to her host family," Leonard said.

Hinrichsen was one of two exchange students staying with Barbara Moseley, according to district officials.