Police identify man arrested after body of missing 18-year-old found near Tyler apartments
TYLER, Texas (KLTV) - Tyler police are investigating after a dead body was discovered near an apartment complex on Tuesday afternoon.
On Tuesday night, Tyler police identified the person who is suspected in the crime. A murder warrant was issued for Jamaurea Jermaine Britton, 19, of Tyler. He has been booked into the Smith County Jail on a $1,000,000 bond.
According to Tyler Police Department Public Information Officer Andy Erbaugh, the body is that of Deja Hood,18, who was reported missing by her mother on Monday. He said she was found in the wooded area behind Hollytree Apartments on Hollytree Drive by a police officer as they were answering a welfare concern call.
“The last place she was seen was here at this apartment with a male,” Erbaugh said. “We got conflicted stories from the man where he last saw her. So, we came out here to investigate. The family had been out here. We were out here a couple hours when one of our sergeants found a body behind this building behind me wrapped in cloth.”
Erbaugh said that foul play is believed to be involved based on the state Hood’s body was found in, and the incident is being investigated as a homicide. The last person reported to have seen Hood is being questioned, Erbaugh said.
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