Missing Girl's Body Found in Shallow Grave, Mother And Stepdad Arrested

A Georgia girl who has been missing since April has been found dead. Augusta authorities identified a body found in a shallow grave as Latania Janell Carwell.

WAGT News reports her body was found on Thursday, March 8 on Golden Camp Road. She was apparently identified using dental records.

In June 2017, her stepdad Leone Tripp was arrested in DeKalb County in related to her kidnapping case. He was the last person she was seen alive with after police say he kidnapped her from her Richmond County home.

In court in June, prosecutors said that Leon Tripp admitted to authorities that Carwell is dead.

"We now know have confirmed via statement, and this is from Mr. Tripp, that Janell is not alive," Augusta-Richmond County District Attorney Natalie Paine said at the time.

Carwell's mother, Tanya Tripp was also arrested for allegedly hindering the apprehension of a criminal, Leon.

Leon Tripp | Tanya Tripp

During the investigation, detectives said that she moved from Augusta to the Atlanta area to be with Leon and tried to help him evade police.

This new information is developing. Check back for updates.

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