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  • 11 January 2014, 13:54

Sandy Hook: $70,000 In Donations Missing

A charity formed after the Sandy Hook School shooting has been unable to account for more than $70,000 (£42,500) it raised through a marathon.

One of the co-founders of 26.4.26 Foundation, Ryan Graney, said only $30,000 of $103,000 (£60,700) collected had been used.

The money was presented last January by co-founder Robbie Bruce to the nonprofit NYA, a youth sports centre in Newtown, Connecticut, where the December 2012 massacre took place.

Co-founders say they have not been in touch with Mr Bruce, who was in charge of the organisation's finances, for almost a year and his whereabouts are unknown.

Ms Graney said she filed complaints with the FBI and Tennessee attorney general's office in September after discovering suspicious charges to the foundation's PayPal account.

An online biography lists Mr Bruce, an endurance athlete, as co-founder of Nashville-based X3 Endurance, a fitness training company, which had a link to the foundation on its website.

The idea behind the 26.4.26 Foundation was for runners to participate in marathons, raising money for each of the 26 miles they ran and dedicating each mile to one of the 26 victims of the school shooting.

The fundraising effort was featured in Runner's World magazine and was the subject of several local news stories.

The killings were carried out by 20-year-old Adam†Lanza who shot and killed his mother at their home before driving to the school, where he killed 20 children and six teachers.

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