Sheriff’s Press Conference: Latania Carwell case now a homicide investigation


UPDATE: Richmond County Sheriff Richard Roundtree is now calling the case involving missing teenager Latania Carwell a homicide investigation.

The sheriff spoke at a press conference Monday. He says he will not name a suspect at this time, but is confident they are in custody.

Mayor Hardie Davis released the following statement:

“Today, our city mourns the loss of Janell Carwell. We offer our condolences to her loved ones and offer our assistance to the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office as they work diligently to recover Janell’s body.

“It is a sad day for our community but I am confident that by working together we can bring closure to this painful tragedy and help Janell’s family find peace and healing. We are forever stronger together.”

ORIGINAL STORY: Sheriff Richard Roundtree of the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office is holding a news conference at 10am to discuss the disappearance of 16-year-old LaTania Janell Carwell.

LaTania was last seen on April 17 at about 1:30am at the 3100 block of Tate Road in Augusta.

LaTania’s step-father, Leon Tripp, 38, was arrested on kidnapping charges on June 3. Her mother, Tanya Tripp, 35, was arrested on May 25 for hindering apprehension of a criminal.

Locals have been banding together in prayer–most recently during a vigil at T.W. Josey High School this past Friday–and is hoping for a positive conclusion to this story.

The sheriff’s office has not given any hints about what kind of information it will release at the conference.

Editor’s Note: FOX 54 initially reported that Tanya Tripp had been released from jail. This was incorrect. She is still incarcerated. This story has been updated to reflect the correct information.

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