Woman reported missing for weeks in Virginia found dead, sex offender accused of murder

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Dec. 24 2021, Published 4:30 p.m. ET

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A missing woman was found dead earlier this week and now a 41-year-old man has been charged with murder, police said.

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Clarissa Devon Jones, 27, was reported missing in early December in Virginia. Police said Jones was missing for more than two weeks when she was found dead in the 200-block of Trent serry Road in Lynchburg, Virginia, on Dec. 19.

Lynchburg police investigated and charged Leonard Eugene Blackwell Jr., 31, in connection with the homicide.

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Investigators have not said how Jones died or what led them to charge Blackwell. They also did not release a possible motive.

Blackwell was charged with murder, concealment of a dead body, concealing or compounding offenses and three counts of failure to register as a sex offender.

He is now being held in a Virginia jail.


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