Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Rankin Murder Suspect Nabbed

Willie James Washington Jr. (38 year old male)
193 Joe Myers Road
Brandon, MS 39042

Rankin County Sheriff‘s
 Department Makes Arrest
 in Murder of Pelahatchie Woman.

Sheriff Bryan Bailey Reports:

On Sunday April 1st, 2012 Pelahatchie Police Chief Glenda Shoemaker received a report of a missing person from the family of a Pelahatchie woman, Teresa Jean Beal.

On this same date the Rankin County Sheriff’s Department received a report of a vehicle fire on Gulde Road near Highway 80. It was later determined that this was the missing persons vehicle and foul play was suspected.

On Monday April 2nd, 2012 the Rankin County Sheriff’s Department was contacted by Chief Shoemaker and was asked to assist in the missing person’s case.

On Tuesday April 3rd, 2012 the investigation lead officers from the Pelahatchie Police Department and the Rankin County Sheriff’s Office to a mobile home located at 913 Andrew Chapel Road where Teresa Jean Beal was believed to have been on the previous Friday night. While interviewing the occupant of the residence, investigators noticed a trail leading into a wooded area behind the residence. Investigators followed the trail which stopped at an area of fresh dirt. A probe of the disturbed area revealed evidence of a body. Deputies immediately secured the area and called for additional personnel and equipment.

The MS State Crime Lab, MS Bureau of Investigations, Rankin County EOC and District Attorney Michael Guest and staff responded to the scene along with additional Rankin County Deputies. The gravesite and surrounding property were processed for evidence.

Based on information gathered during the investigation and evidence collected from the scene, the Rankin County Sheriff’s Department has arrested Willie Washington for the murder of Teresa Jean Beal and arson of her automobile.

Washington is incarcerated at the Rankin County Jail and will appear before Rankin County Court Judge Kent McDaniel for an Initial Appearance.

The Rez News
Barnett Reservoir

1 comment:

Raver said...

Actually he wasn't "nabbed"