ROANOKE -- A 17-year-old Northwest High graduate was in custody Monday, suspected in the death of her mother, who was found dead inside her Roanoke home, police said.
Jennifer Bailey and two boys, ages 14 and 16, were in a juvenile detention facility in Sioux Falls, S.D., after they were pulled over driving her dead mother's car. All three were being held on suspicion of capital murder.
Police discovered the body of Susan Bailey, 43, after learning from officials in Yankton, S.D., that the teens had been stopped driving Bailey’s 2002 Saturn.
Susan Bailey died from multiple stab wounds to the neck, according to the Tarrant County Medical Examiner’s office.
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Sgt. Chris Almonrode said officers had visited her home in the 200 block of Oxford Drive on Friday at the request of the woman’s mother, who had grown concerned after not hearing from her daughter. He said officers could not get an answer at the door and found no evidence indicating that anything was wrong.
But early Sunday, Roanoke police returned to the home and found Susan Bailey’s body in an upstairs hallway. The cause of death has not been determined, but police suspect foul play, Almonrode said.
Officials with the Northwest Independent School District confirmed Monday that the two juvenile boys were students in the district and that Jennifer Bailey was a 2008 graduate of Northwest High School.
South Dakota police said the 16-year-old boy had been reported as a runaway out of Denton County on Sept. 23.
“Our thoughts are with the families involved, and our school personnel continue to focus on the education and well being of our students. Should any child or staff member need to talk about the situation, school counselors are available,” the school district said in a statement.
Staff writer Jessamy Brown contributed to this report.