The search is over for the missing Mississippi 17-year-old at the center of the weekend Amber Alert.
Katelyn Beard's body was found Tuesday before noon, off of Darden road, near the scene of a morning search.
The coroner said her body had been dumped for at least two days, and she was shot in the head.
Her family has issued a statement about their loss:
Katelyn was loved by all who knew her including her mother, father, five brothers, and two sisters. Her grandmother, her great-grandfather, her uncle and aunt will miss her even more along with so many others.
At this time we have just as many questions as we do answers.
The devastation we feel about the loss of Katelyn and the events that have unfolded the past few days are unparalleled by anything we have been through before.
We want to thank whoever called in and reported the initial incident along with the person who called with DeWayne Thompson's whereabouts because without them we would not have found the peace of knowing where she (Katelyn) is.
We have been extremely impressed with the Jackson Police department handling and response to this situation. We find peace knowing she is with her Heavenly Father and will be deeply missed.
She is now at peace finding comfort in Heaven, seeing her Nanaw and her Granny Mac.
Pat Eubanks (her grandmother)
Dewayne Thompson was taken into custody on Monday, just a few blocks away from a home where police say the teen was shot Sunday morning.
He is being charged with capital murder, along with aggravated assault, kidnapping, and auto theft.
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