Authorities in South Carolina are actively looking for a suspect after arresting another in connection with the slaying of a 15-year-old girl last seen alive on April 5.
Sanaa Amenhotep’s body was found yesterday in a wooded area of Lexington County after investigators spent weeks looking for her.
The County coroner concluded a preliminary cause of death but declined to reveal details until completing autopsy. Police said Amenhotep was murdered.
A minor suspect was arrested while the search was ongoing for Amenhotep. The second suspect who remains at large was identified as Treveon Nelson and is the subject of a manhunt.
“We need him,” the Police said. “He needs to be held responsible for what he did.”
Investigators said that Sanaa has left voluntarily with the suspects but then was held against her will. It is unclear whether she actually knew her kidnappers.
The victim’s father Sharif Malik Amenhotep is a member of New Jersey’s Brick City Peace Collective and an anti-violence activist.
“No parent should ever have to bury their child,” Newark Mayor Ras Baraka said in a statement. “We hope that the South Carolina authorities can bring the suspects in this case to justice. Our entire city is joining with the Amenhotep family in their grief and pain.”