15-Year-Old Detained Trying To Enter Canada After Grandmother’s Body Discovered Buried In Backyard

The teen's mother has released a statement. 

By Gina Tron

A missing Florida teen accused of murdering his own grandmother was arrested on Friday trying to enter Canada near Buffalo, New York. The Jacksonville Sheriff's Office announced Logan Mott’s detainment on Friday night.

Mott, 15, was named a "person of interest" in the death of his grandmother, Kristina French, 53, after police discovered a shallow grave with human remains in French’s backyard in Neptune Beach, Florida, according to ABC News.

On Wednesday, Mott’s father returned from a trip to find both his son and mother missing. The home was in disarray, according to First Coast News. French’s car and several firearms were missing.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers found Mott after he made a wrong turn onto Peace Bridge near downtown Buffalo. The bridge is one of the busiest border crossings in the United States. A primary inspection revealed to the officers that the teen was a subject of a warrant for grand theft auto out of Florida, according to CBP public affairs liaison Aaron Bowker. He is currently being held on those charges. He has not yet been charged in the death of French. As of now, it remains unclear if he has a lawyer.

According to the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office, Mott cut his hair off after fleeing Florida in an attempt to disguise himself.

Mott’s mother Carrie Campbell-Mott released a statement to ABC News: "We are relieved he is safe and in custody and we just ask for everyone to give us time to sort out what happened. That no matter what, Logan is our child and we love him and are standing by him to help in any way. We want to find out what happened to Kristina and we need time for that to happen."

[Photo: Jacksonville Sheriff's Office]

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