The Richmond County Sheriff’s Office says the missing person’s case of Georgia teen Latania Janell Carwell is now a homicide investigation.

Our primary focus this week is recovering Miss Carwell’s remains,” Richmond County Sheriff Richard Roundtree said at a press conference Monday, reports the Augusta Chronicle. “We had a search team in the metro Atlanta area come out this weekend and conducted multiple searches in the area, and we will be out again this week conducting additional searches based on forensic evidence that we gather in, but we have not yet located the particular area where we think the remains are.”

Roundtree said the change in the status of the case comes after the interview of  a “subject connected to this investigation.” He did not divulge further details.

Carwell, 16, is believed to have left her home on April 17 with her stepfather Leon Lamar Tripp, just 90 minutes after she turned 16. Latania’s mother, Tanya Tripp,  says she spoke with her husband, who explained he brought his stepdaughter with him to assist with a GPS system to help find a friend who had car trouble. Police said Tripp’s claim was untrue.

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Source: Black America Web / Jeff Mays

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