UPDATE: Police find body of missing teenager



JACKSON (AP) – Jackson police on Tuesday found the body of a 17-year-old girl they say was kidnapped and shot during the weekend.

Katelyn Beard’s body was found in a rural area north of Jackson, shortly after police found some of her clothes.

Jackson Police Department spokeswoman Colendula Green said Dewayne Thompson, 19, was captured Monday and initially charged with aggravated assault, kidnapping and auto theft. She said the aggravated assault charge would be upgraded.

Jackson’s interim police chief, Lee Vance, said Thompson helped in the search for Beard.

“The motive is unclear,” Vance said in a video posted to The Clarion-Ledger website. “The only thing he’s indicated, that they were consuming drugs together. But more specifically why he committed this murder – he hasn’t told us that.”

Hinds County Coroner Sharon Grisham-Stewart said Beard’s body was left near a road and was not buried.

Mississippi Highway Patrol issued an Amber Alert on Sunday night for Beard.

Jackson police found her car, with a Greene County license plate, 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.

It was not immediately clear whether Thompson has an attorney.

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  • 1941641

    Was this Black boy Fatherless,? homeless, motherless,? destitute? atheist? Liberal? drunk? on drugs?, Christian?, you know the drill. Facts need to be compiled and handy for all to access. All Facts PLEEZE!

  • Katelyn Stapleton

    Why does it matter whether the boy who murdered someone is fatherless, homeless, motherless, destitute, atheist, liberal, drunk, on drugs, or Christian?! what is WRONG is WRONG, no matter WHAT you come from or who you are. murder is murder, black or white or other, liberal or conservative or other, fatherless motherless or from an unbroken home, poor or rich or in between. stop trying to make excuses for people based on things that are “politically incorrect” to call out in other situations.