DEKALB COUNTY, GA (WFXG) - UPDATE: 35-year-old Tanya Faye Tripp, the mother of 16-year-old missing Latania Janell Carwell has been booked into the Richmond County jail. This comes after she was held in custody in DeKalb County for 'hindering the apprehension of a criminal'. No further details are available at this time. We will bring you the latest details as they become available.
Leon Lamar Tripp, the man wanted for allegedly kidnapping his stepdaughter in Augusta, has been arrested in DeKalb County.
Tripp and his stepdaughter, 16-year-old Latania Janell Carwell, were last seen on the afternoon of April 17. Tripp had reportedly been spotted in Atlanta, but no solid leads were available. That is until Tripp was arrested on May 23 in DeKalb County. At 9:30 a.m., U.S. Marshals took Tripp into custody for his outstanding warrant for kidnapping.
The investigation revealed that the mother of Carwell, Tanya Faye Tripp, had been in contact with the stepfather during the time of the search for the two. Investigators also say that Tanya had recently relocated from Augusta to the Atlanta area to be with Tripp. Atlanta police along with the Richmond County Sheriff's Office was able to locate Tanya and arrested her for 'hindering the apprehension of a criminal'.
Authorities continue to search for Latania Carwell. This is still an active investigation and FOX 54 will bring you more details as they are released. If you have any information on the whereabouts of Latania Carwell, please contact the RCSO at 706-821-1020 during business hours or after hours at 706-821-1080. Ask for the on-call investigator and you can remain anonymous.