Body Found May Be Missing Suspect

By: Ilyssa Trussel Email
By: Ilyssa Trussel Email

Family members were visibly shaken Thursday looking on as investigators pulled a body from the chilly waters of the Ochlockonee River.

They feared it may be their missing loved one, 18-year-old Becari Warren.

"He would do anything for anybody and he had a kind heart," his Great Aunt Catherine Johnson said, fighting back tears.

The family and investigators suspect the body is that of Warren, a teenager on the run from the law.

Saturday night at the River Front Saloon, a woman accused Warren of snatching her purse.

When deputies arrived, they discovered Warren had a warrant and tried to take him into custody, but he ran.

Then a pursuit took place over the bridge on Highway 90 and down near the river where deputies last spotted him.
"We were able to make contact with his girlfriend who received a phone call from Becari very shortly after the chase Saturday night and he asked her to pick him up on Highway 20," said Major Mike Wood of the Leon County Sheriff's Office.

Wood says the cell phone used was the phone of the woman who reported her purse stolen.

When family hadn't heard from Warren by Monday, they reported him missing.

The Leon and Gadsden Sheriff's Offices searched by land, air and water for almost four days, and Thursday at 1:30PM the Leon County Sheriff's Office Tactical Dive Team spotted a body.

"I think he saw that was a short distance across the river and thought he could make it, not knowing the water temperature is 50 degrees and he was overtaken by cold water and the inability to swim," Wood said.

Warren’s uncle, Willie Chambers smiled as he talked about his nephew. "I'm hoping and believing he's in a better place compared to what we have to go through."

Gary Rumph, also an uncle to Warren, was at the boat ramp when the body was recovered. "I know that God got him back in his hands and I know we'll get a chance to see him again one day."


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