Three months after the physique of 16-year-old Josephine Jimenez was present in rural Central California, a 19-year-old man has been charged together with her homicide.
On October 22, the physique of Josephine Jimenez was discovered at an agricultural property in Medera County. She had been reported lacking by her household 10 days earlier and as a result of disposition of her physique, her demise was dealt with as suspicious, the Medera County Sheriff’s Workplace mentioned in a information launch obtained by PEOPLE.
“We had been hoping for Josephine to return dwelling and I don’t know methods to really feel. I’m hurting,” her father informed native station ABC30 on the time.
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Through the investigation, authorities had been contacted by the Naval Legal Investigative Service, who had been investigating an unrelated incident and mentioned they might have a suspect related to Jimenez’s demise.
On Thursday, 19-year-old Codi Slayton was charged with first-degree homicide. He stays behind bars on $1 million bond.
Investigators consider Slayton used a number of social media apps to attach and talk with younger ladies, together with Josephine, all through California and presumably different areas of the US.
“This appears to be one thing extra alongside the road of on-line predator. So my guess is, by some means he had a way to contact her, as most predators do. Struck up some type of dialog after which the ensuing crime occurred sooner or later after that,” Sheriff Jay Varney mentioned at a press convention, ABC30 studies.
Anybody who might have had on-line communication with Slayton is urged to contact Det. Cpl. Noland (559) 232-8753 or Det. Gutierrez (559) 514-5869 of the sheriff’s workplace.