MIAMI (AP/WFLA) – A Neptune Beach teenager trying to enter Canada has been detained by U.S. border patrol agents who want to interview him in connection with the death of his grandmother.
The Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office said at a news conference late Friday that the 15-year-old was stopped near Buffalo, New York.
Officials in Florida started looking for the boy and his 53-year-old grandmother on Wednesday after they failed to pick up the teen’s father at the airport. The father had been on vacation with his girlfriend. His mother was watching her grandson while they were gone. A Florida Missing Child Alert was issued for Mott on Wednesday.
Deputies say a body that matches the description of French was found Friday.
Ron Lendvay, a director of investigations and homeland security for the sheriff’s office, said surveillance footage from a gas station in south-central Pennsylvania picked up the image of the teen and Dodge Dart on Thursday afternoon. The sheriff’s office and the Florida Department of Law Enforcement are working with the Neptune Beach Police Department on the case.
Lendvay said a warrant was issued for the teen’s arrest on an auto theft charge.
Earlier Friday, officials said a body that matched the grandmother’s description was found in a shallow grave in the teen’s backyard. Officials are waiting for an autopsy for a positive identification.
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