Jackson police capture man in missing teen case



JACKSON (AP) – Jackson police have captured a man wanted in the possible abduction of a 17-year-old girl.

Jackson Police Department spokeswoman Colendula Green says officers captured 19-year-old Dewayne Thomas about 5:45 p.m. Monday. She said charges would be filed, but she didn’t immediately say what they would be.

The Mississippi Highway Patrol issued an Amber Alert on Sunday night to report that Katelyn Beard had been missing since that morning. The alert said she was last seen with Thompson. Jackson police said in a news release that Beard was shot before she was taken away.

“We believe she’s been shot, from some witness accounts and from some physical evidence at the scene, so we’re 99 percent sure she’s been shot,” interim Police Chief Lee Vance told The Clarion-Ledger.

Thomas was found near the spot where officers hours earlier had found the 2009 Nissan Altima that belonged to the missing girl. The car, with a Greene County license plate, was found less than a mile from where Beard was reported taken.

Late Monday, police were searching a rural area near Pocahontas, in rural Hinds County, for signs of Beard.

“We are still trying to locate the young lady. We haven’t found her yet, but this represents a huge break in the case to get the person we believe is responsible for what happened to her into custody,” Vance said. “Hopefully we can get the information we need to help find her.”

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  • Bob Dobbs

    Story says “Thomas” twice and “Thompson” once. Picture caption says “Thompson.” Good work, gang, let’s go have a drink.