A teenage lady from South Carolina was discovered useless in a wooded space on Thursday after being reported as lacking since early April, authorities mentioned.
The physique of 15-year-old Sanaa Amenhotep—who’s the daughter of Brick City Peace Collective member Sharif Malik Amenhotep—was situated in Lexington County following a three-week search, Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott mentioned throughout a press briefing.
“I can’t tell you how tragic and sad this case is, to lose a 15-year-old like we lost this one,” Lott mentioned. “Unfortunately we didn’t bring her home the way we wish that we could.”
Authorities have arrested Treveon Nelson, an 18-year-old male from Cayce—a metropolis alongside the Congaree River in South Carolina—in relation to Sanaa’s disappearance. He was taken into custody close to Leesville on Friday and charged with kidnapping.
#BREAKING: Treveon Nelson, 18, is in custody.
The Cayce resident will likely be charged with homicide in connection to the capturing loss of life of Sanaa Amenhotep. Deputies arrested Nelson Friday night close to Leesville. 1/2 pic.twitter.com/jrRdaMWUHw
— Lexington Sheriff (@LCSD_News) May 1, 2021
A minor feminine whose identification was not launched was additionally arrested, the Lexington County Sheriff’s Department announced on Twitter. She is at present being held by the South Carolina Department of Juvenile Justice.
Sanaa was final seen on April 5 and reportedly left her dwelling in Columbia voluntarily along with two males.
“What we’ve been able to determine at this point is that she did leave with an acquaintance,” Lott mentioned. “She probably left voluntarily … but at that point, when she was with them, it turned into a kidnapping.”
He additionally added that detectives consider she was “likely” murdered on the identical evening that she was kidnapped, or not too lengthy after that time.
The lady’s father posted an emotional message on Facebook after information broke on her loss of life, saying he’ll “never ever” let his daughter go away his coronary heart or thoughts.
“I’m sorry Princess I didn’t protect u,” he wrote. “I cherish all 15 years of your life u spent with me I would lay down my life for u My Mom and Grandma got you I got Sade and the rest of your sisters and brothers I love u so much.”
Authorities refused to launch particulars on the circumstances surrounding her kidnapping or her relation to the 2 suspects. An post-mortem to find out her reason behind loss of life was scheduled for Friday.
Newark Mayor Ras Baraka additionally issues a statement after Sanaa’s physique was discovered and expressed his honest condolences on behalf of the individuals of Newark.
“Mr. Amenhotep works tirelessly to increase justice and reduce violence in our neighborhoods through our Brick City Peace Collective, helping us to re-imagine public safety and prevent tragedies such as this from taking place in our very own community,” Baraka mentioned. “No parent should ever have to bury their child. It is an inexplicable loss that defies imagination.”
“We hope that the South Carolina authorities can bring the suspects in this case to justice,” he mentioned. “Our entire city is joining with the Amenhotep family in their grief and pain.”