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Texas Authorities Capture Woman Wanted For The Murder Of 16-Year-Old Girl
Chelsea Ann-Marie Shipp, wanted for the murder of a teen now identified as Katelynn Nicole Stone, was arrested in Liberty Hill, Texas on Wednesday.
A Texas woman has been arrested in the shooting death of a teen girl after authorities sought the public's help in tracking her down.
Chelsea Ann-Marie Shipp, 24, was wanted for the death of a 16-year-old girl on Sunday in West Jefferson County — an area southwest of Beaumont, Texas — as previously reported. Authorities with the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office have now identified the victim as Katelynn Nicole Stone of Vidor, Texas, which is about 30 miles northeast of where her body was found.
Stone’s identity had previously been withheld pending the notification of her family.
On Wednesday, multiple local law enforcement agencies announced Shipp had been captured and arrested for Stone’s murder. Shipp was located at around 3:40 a.m. in Liberty Hill — 250 miles away from where Stone's body was discovered, just north of Austin — by officials from the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office, the Liberty Hill Police Department, and the Williamson County Sheriff’s office, the release stated.
She was booked into the Jefferson County Correctional Facility, where her bond has been set at $1 million.
Shipp is one of two people that police believe were involved in Stone’s murder.
On Monday, authorities announced the arrest of Cody Arnold, 22, who was reportedly arrested at the home where authorities found Stone’s body. He, too, was charged with murder and booked on $1 million bond.
It was not clear whether or not the suspects knew one another.
Authorities responded to a report of a murder at a residence on the 1400 block of Kolb’s Corner in West Jefferson County at around 5:00 p.m. on Sunday, where Stone was found.
The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office told Oxygen.com that they are not releasing more information at this time.
A woman identifying herself as Stone’s mother took to Facebook and said her daughter was pregnant.
“Man, this doesn’t feel real, it can’t be real, I can’t accept it, not my baby girl,” Mandi Michelle wrote on Tuesday. “My baby girl was pregnant, and how do I even process this?”
Authorities have not confirmed Stone's pregnancy.
It remains unclear whether or not Shipp knew her alleged killers.
Arnold has one previous criminal charge stemming from 2017, when he caused nearly $2,800 in damage to a teacher’s car by keying it when he was 17 years old, as previously reported. No fewer than four students said they saw Arnold vandalize the Jeep Cherokee near a restricted area at the Hamshire-Fannett High School in Hampshire, Texas — which is five miles from where Stone's body was found.
The results of that case were not immediately known to Oxygen.com.
Anyone with information about Katelynn Stone’s murder is urged to contact the Southeast Texas Crime Stoppers or call 1-409-833-TIPS (8477).