A 13-year-old Florida lady discovered useless after she went lacking was killed by stabbing, the sheriff of St. Johns County introduced Tuesday.
Newly launched info additionally sheds gentle on the arrest of a 14-year-old schoolmate in Tristyn Bailey’s loss of life.
Tristyn’s physique was found Sunday night in a wooded space close to her residence. Her dad and mom had reported her lacking that morning; she reportedly had final been seen round 1 a.m. close to a recreation middle of their neighborhood, Durbin Crossing, a subdivision south of Jacksonville.
Sheriff Robert Hardwick gave solely the barest particulars of the assault, however mentioned the lady was stabbed “more than once” and that “it was not an accident.”
An arrest report obtained by Jacksonville TV station WJAX mentioned surveillance video from 1:45 a.m. Sunday recorded two folks strolling towards the top of the Durbin Crossing cul-de-sac the place Tristyn’s physique was later discovered. Certainly one of them is wearing black garments matching these Tristyn wore, and the opposite is in a light-colored hoodie and shorts.
A little bit greater than 90 minutes later, the particular person within the shorts returns, strolling alone and carrying a pair of sneakers.
Throughout a dialog together with his mom on the sheriff’s workplace later Sunday, the suspect spoke of strolling residence barefoot as a result of his sneakers had been uncomfortable, the arrest report mentioned.
The boy additionally reportedly made “admissions during questioning” that led deputies to look his residence and switch up “items of evidentiary value” together with clothes that seemed to be bloodstained, the sheriff’s workplace mentioned. Investigators haven’t mentioned whether or not they consider they’ve discovered the homicide weapon.
The boy’s house is a couple of quarter-mile from the place the physique was discovered. Each suspect and sufferer had been college students at Patriot Oaks Academy, a public Okay-Eight faculty.
The suspect is presently dealing with prices of second-degree homicide and was ordered Tuesday to stay in juvenile custody for 21 days.
At a press convention Monday, Hardwick mentioned the cost could possibly be upgraded to first-degree homicide if the proof warrants it and that it had not been decided whether or not the boy could be charged as an grownup.
Feelings within the neighborhood — the place residents turned out in power for Sunday’s search — have been infected by youngsters’ social media posts. A Snapchat picture posted Sunday was an obvious selfie of a boy behind a squad automotive with the caption “Hey guys has inybody seen Tristyn lately?” A sheriff’s spokesman confirmed the boy was the suspect.
On Tuesday, the sheriff’s workplace issued an announcement decrying social media posters “using this case to try to gain fame and followers.” A number of folks, apparently youngsters, had been making claims on Instagram about alleged particulars of the crime; the sheriff’s workplace mentioned they “had nothing to do with this incident.”
Surveillance video caught two folks strolling early Sunday towards the top of Saddlestone Drive, the place there’s a wooded space and a pond.