Aspen Jeter – the 5-year-old South Carolina girl who went missing after her mother was found dead on Thanksgiving – has been found safe in Virginia, police said Friday.
The boy was found in a parking lot with her father, Antar Jeter, who was taken into custody and charged with her mother’s murder, the Orangeburg County Sheriff’s Office said Friday.
Aspen was reported missing two weeks ago, but may have disappeared much earlier.
The girl’s family called authorities on Nov. 24 to conduct a social screening at their Orangeburg home after they had not heard from her mother, 46-year-old Crystal Jumper, since Nov. 1, Jumper’s brother told WIS.
Police found the jumper’s body in an “advanced state of decomposition” with a gunshot wound. The 5-year-old girl was not in the house.
The family said Antar is also missing from the home. He was temporarily living in the house while an electrical problem in his apartment was fixed, Jumper’s cousin said, adding that Antar and Jumper didn’t get along.
Officials did not say whether they considered Antar a suspect.
Police were able to locate him after he was spotted conducting financial transactions in Danville, Virginia, about 260 miles from their South Carolina home.
Antar and Aspen were then found in a blue 2015 Mazda in a hospital parking lot, Sheriff Leroy Ravenell said during a news conference Friday. Police believe the car was stolen.
Antar, 47, has been charged with murder and aggravated theft, police said.
Aspen, who suffers from disabilities that make it difficult for her to communicate and walk, was found safe and returned to her family.
“Aspen will not become a ward of the state. We will make sure she is with her family,” Jumper’s family attorney, Justin Bamberg, said Friday, according to People.
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