Logan Mott a Florida teen wanted in connection to his grandmother’s death is stopped at Canada border after the woman’s body is found buried in a grave.
Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office announced late Friday that the ‘armed and dangerous’ teen was stopped near Buffalo, NY– hours after 53 year old woman, Kristina French’s remains were discovered buried in the boy’s backyard.
Officials in Florida started looking for Logan Tyler Mott and his grandmother Wednesday after they failed to pick up his father from the airport.
The teen was in the care of his grandmother while his dad, a Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office corrections officer, was on vacation with his girlfriend.
When the dad, Eric Mott got back to his Neptune Beach home he found it ransacked with weapons missing. His mother’s home was also ransacked and her 2015 Dodge Dart was gone.
The teen was spotted on surveillance video in Pennsylvania driving the missing car on Thursday.
Early Friday, officials found a body that matched Kristina French’s description in a shallow grave in the teen’s backyard. Officials are waiting for an autopsy for a positive identification.
It wasn’t immediately clear how Logan’s grandmother came to die and why for that matter the woman was buried in the boy’s backyard and what caused the teen to flee.
Logan Mott is to date only a person of interest not a suspect, but damning evidence mounts.
Officials announced Mott had been wanted for auto theft and was a person of interest in his grandmother’s death, saying he was considered ‘armed and dangerous.’
U.S Customs and Border Protection nabbed him as he was trying to enter Canada hours later.
Authorities emphasized Mott is only a person of interest in the case — not a suspect — and they’re looking to ‘talk to him about what happened at the house.’
‘We are relieved that he is safe and in custody and we just ask for everyone to give us time to sort out what happened,’ the teen’s mother, Carrie Campbell-Mott said in a statement to Action News Jax. ‘No matter what, Logan is our child and we love him… We want to find out what happened to Kristina and we need time for that to happen.’
His mother, Carrie Campbell-Mott told First Coast News her son has had some trouble adjusting since moving onto high school. The youth was a student at Sandalwood High School in Jacksonville.
She said a Jacksonville detective will fly to meet Logan on Saturday.
‘I love you. Please call me. I will help you. Mom.’ The mom of missing teen #LoganMott, who police are now calling “armed and dangerous,” is reaching out to her son through Facebook: https://t.co/BdH7ysDDiC pic.twitter.com/RJQ0CPy5uo
— ActionNewsJax (@ActionNewsJax) November 25, 2017
Logan Mott mother says there had never been zero history of violence:
Of note, Mott’s mother expressed concern Logan was being interviewed with no legal counsel and that authorities hadn’t told her where her son was.
The mother went on to stress her son having zero history of violence and that he ‘loved Kristina’. Adding that there had been no history of confrontation between them ever. Told the mother, ‘my instinct is that there was an accident, a diabetic episode, a natural cause and Logan broke down.’
Logan’s mother told via the Florida Times-Union she last spoke to her son Sunday, with the mother saying he seemed to her to be in a good mood.
Told the mother, ‘There just wasn’t any indication that there was anything wrong, nothing. It was just a normal conversation.’
Authorities have yet to say what may have led to the teen’s possible involvement, directly or indirectly with his grandmother death and whether there had been prior episodes between grandmother and grandson?
— Brittney Donovan (@brittneyANjax) November 25, 2017
Logan Mott has been detained by U.S. Customs and a Border as he tried to enter Canada from the Buffalo, NY area. A big thank you to everyone for sharing and helping us get #LoganMott detained quickly. pic.twitter.com/OHNXqGU9ap
— Jax Sheriff’s Office (@JSOPIO) November 25, 2017