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17 year old kidnap victim Katelyn Beard found dead

A seventeen year old white female abducted at random by a black male in Mississippi has been found dead.

The suspect, Dwayne Thompson, led police to the body.


Dwayne Thompson, who is charged in the case, led police to Katelyn Beard’s body, which was found about 9:30 a.m. in a wooded area off Darden Road, near Pocahontas, investigators said.

Earlier in the morning, search crews found clothing belonging to Beard, police said.

Dewayne Thompson was captured Monday around 5:45 p.m., police said.

The Mississippi Highway Patrol issued the Amber Alert Sunday morning.  Police believe Thompson shot Beard inside a house on Lynda Street that morning.

Investigators said Thompson put Beard in her silver Nissan Altima and took off.

“We’re just trying to see where the body’s at,” said Officer Colendula Green, with the Jackson Police Department.

The car was found Monday morning, less than a mile from where Beard was reportedly taken. Thompson was arrested nearby, hours after the car was recovered, police said.