Missing Teen Girl Found Dead in Jackson

Jackson Police say the teenager who went missing Sunday morning, Katelyn Beard, was kidnapped and shot. The body of 17 year old, Beard, was found Tuesday morning.

Jackson Police found the body in a rural area north of Jackson shortly after authorities found some of her clothes. Authorities say 19 year old, Dewayne Thompson, was captured Monday in connection to this case. He is charged with aggravated assault, kidnapping, and auto theft. The aggravated assault charge will be upgraded. Mississippi Highway Patrol issued an amber alert for Beard Sunday night.

Lee Vance, Jackson Police Chief, says, “We arrested an individual yesterday who we think is responsible for her death, and through the work of our investigative team, we were able to get him to bring us out to this location and show us where he left her body.”

Jackson Police found Beard’s car Monday morning in west Jackson, less than a mile from where she was taken. Thompson was arrested hours later after he was found in a vacant home nearby. Police say Thompson helped in the search for Beard.

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