A 14-year-old cheerleader was found shot in her bed just two days before her birthday. As People reports, Tristan Dilley of Silsbee, Texas was discovered dead by her 13-year-old brother on Sunday. The freshman had been shot twice in the head with a .22-caliber magnum revolver by a secret older boyfriend.
“She never saw it coming,” Jasper County, Texas, Sheriff’s Lt. Ryan Cunningham shares. “You could tell from the scene there was not a struggle or a fight. She was comfortable with knowing the person.”
Authorities didn't have any leads but soon discovered the teen was dating a boy named “Adam" that neither her family nor her friends knew much about. Investigators went through Dilley's phone and Facebook and found information about the boyfriend, whose real name and identity was 19-year-old Paul Audrey Adams.
“I called dispatch and had them start pinging his cellphone,” Cunningham says. “We put out a BOLO out for him in the surrounding area. We were able to get a general location of the cellphone and we learned of his address." Authorities searched Adam's room and found a .22-caliber magazine casing in the middle of his bedroom floor.
On Monday, a Texas Ranger was interviewing Adams' mother when the teen called her. He apparently said he was with Dilley when she died but blamed a male intruder. During this call, they heard a gunshot and believed the teen had killed himself. They went looking for him and found him just as he put the gun to his head and pulled the trigger.
A note was then found, stating the teen's angst over his relationship. In the letter he said there was nothing he could do to change what happened to her and going to prison wouldn’t be worth it. "He said, ‘I know people are going to think I did this,'" shared Cunningham.
Despite the note, authorities believe that the murder was premeditated. Days before Dilley's murder, Adams bought an axe, a machete, a hatchet, several knives, 32 meal rations, cases of water, burlap sacks, dumbbells and duct tape. He had also purchased several sets of handcuffs and chains. He had also downloaded apps on his phone and had been listening to police dispatch traffic while Dilley's death was being investigated.
Authorities are still baffled on the motive for Dilley's death and what really transpired between the couple leading to it. "It was senseless," said Cunningham. “There are so many questions we can’t answer. We will never know what was going on in his mind and what was said between them.”
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