A Lancaster teen who was kidnapped a few days ago was found dead overnight along with the body of a man who had been a person of interest in her disappearance, authorities said Sunday.
The body of a young female later identified as Shavon Randle, 13, was found in an abandoned house at 2208 Kiest Blvd. in east Oak Cliff, officials said. The body of the man also found in the house was identified as 19-year-old Michael Titus.
FBI and Lancaster police received a tip that led them to the abandoned house, one of three vacant houses on that block, said Rona Stringfellow, Lancaster assistant city manager and public information officer.
“Authorities have not confirmed what led them to that location and/or what activities took place at that location,” Stringfellow said in an email.
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Titus was identified in a brief statement from the city of Lancaster late Sunday afternoon.
“The investigation into Shavon’s death is ongoing,” the statement said. “Investigators are working to determine what happened and why the bodies were recovered at the same location. No additional information will be released at this time.”
Four people have been arrested in connection with Shavon’s disappearance. She was last seen in Lancaster on Wednesday.
Stringfellow said the family was notified prior to the announcement Sunday morning of the grim discovery, adding that Shavon’s family “was devastated.”
Devontae Owens, 24, one of the four persons of interest identified by police, was apprehended Saturday by FBI agents and Lancaster police officers. Owens was in the Dallas County Jail on Sunday facing aggravated kidnapping charges, WFAA reported.
Lancaster police and the FBI have also arrested Laquon Wilkerson, 30, of Dallas, who was not one of the persons of interest but was identified as a suspect.
Two other persons of interest, Laporshya Polley, 25, of Dallas, and Darius Fields, 26, Glen Heights, were questioned on Friday, a Lancaster spokeswoman said. They were arrested on unrelated drug charges.
Police had been searching for Titus, the fourth person of interest.
Authorities offered a $25,000 reward for information on Shavon’s case.
Anyone with information is asked to contact the FBI at 800-225-5324 or Lancaster police at 972-218-2711.
This report includes material from the Star-Telegram archives.