Putnam County authorities have arrested a suspect in connection with the murder of a missing Spring Valley teenager. Police believe Richard Henderson of Standard killed 16-year old Diamond Bradley.
But he hasn't actually been charged with murdering her, at least not yet. Putnam County Sheriff Kevin Doyle says they're confident Henderson is the suspect. They add the investigation is far from over.
On Monday Putnam County authorities arrested the 26-year old Henderson. Police say he met 16 year old Diamond Bradley on the internet and that the two agreed to meet January 24th.
"Based on the information we have at this point Henderson picked Diamond up near her residence and drove directly into Putnam County to 850 north road. A physical altercation occurred resulting in Henderson killing Diamond," he said.
Authorities say a passerby noticed Diamond's body in a ditch three days later. Police say they used cell phone pings and surveillance videos to lead them to Henderson. He is charged with concealment of a homicidal death. But authorities say more charges are likely.
Bradley's family is glad to hear about the arrest but say it's not enough
"Ok if you're a thousand percent sure it was him lock him up with first degree murder. Don't sit here and keep sugar coating it", said Diquan Bradley, the victim's brother.
"It's a bittersweet feeling for the whole family. We can't get her back," said Bobby Phillips a friend of the family.
"Let's just remain calm and see what the state's attorney gonna do. So far they done done what we needed them to do, was find the person, the monster, this is a monster that's out there," said family friend Darryl Stuggis.
The Putnam County sheriff says they are still gathering lots of information in the ongoing investigation. In the meantime Henderson was arraigned in Putnam County court Tuesday. His bond was set at $1 million dollars.
He's due back in court February 15.