Latania Carwell case is now a homicide investigation

Augusta, GA (WJBF) – Richmond County Sheriff, Richard Roudtree has confirmed that this is now a homicide investigation.

People across the CSRA and even the country were all hoping for a different outcome. The safe return of LaTania Carwell.

The Sheriff’s Office spent its resources looking for a kidnapped girl since April and now they are looking for a body.

Sheriff Roundtree says he believes they have the responsible party or parties in custody now.

Both Leon Tripp, LaTania’s stepfather, and her mother Tanya Tripp have been in jail here in Richmond County for the past few weeks.

Roundtree says a search will begin in Augusta and he’s hoping for someone to reach out and help.

“Because it has been over two months…we believe that there are individuals who may lead us to her remains. Any leads that they have we’re going to follow up.”

We also asked if there was anything in the Tate Road home where LaTania Carwell lived that helped make this a homicide case. Sheriff Roundtree said there was no evidence in the home.


Augusta, GA (WJBF) – Richmond County Sheriff, Richard Roundtree, will hold a press conference Monday morning in regards to the case of missing teen, LaTania Carwell.

It’s set for 10am at the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office.

The 16 year old has been missing since April 17th when she was last seen with her stepfather, Leon Tripp.

Since then Leon has been arrested on kidnapping and aggravated stalking charges.

The girl’s mother Tanya Tripp remains behind bars charged with hindering the apprehension of a criminal.

Tanya’s bond hearing will be this Friday, June 16th.

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