Jackson police find body of missing teenager

KATELYN BEARD

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) – Jackson police have found the body of a 17-year-old girl they say was kidnapped and shot.

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

Dewayne Thompson
Dewayne Thompson

Jackson Police Department spokeswoman Colendula Green says 19-year-old Dewayne Thompson was captured Monday and is charged with aggravated assault, kidnapping and auto theft. She says the aggravated assault charge will be upgraded.

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.

Green says Thompson helped in the search for Beard.

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