Canal deaths suspect facing federal charges

Charges unrelated to canal deaths

DELRAY BEACH, Fla. - Police are back at the home of 37-year-old Clem Beauchamp. He's being questioned in the deaths of two children found dead in a canal Wednesday.

Police say after Delray Beach detectives were finished speaking with Beauchamp he was taken into custody by federal agents on unrelated federal charges.

In a criminal complaint filed in U.S. District Court  a special agent with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives revealed that there was probable cause to arrest Beauchamp "for making and possession of an unregistered silencer without a serial number."

The affidavit said that a homemade silencer and a .22 caliber gun were inside of a black bag from the trunk of a car, repossessed in 2009, that belonged to a woman. Also inside were a black knit cap, a green Halloween-type mask, 12 rounds of .22 caliber Remington ammo and a tube containing suspected crack cocaine.

In the affidavit, an employee of the company the repossessed the car said that when the woman owner came to claim the vehicle she said the gun, drugs and mask belonged to her boyfriend.

Questioned later, after a warrant was served at his home, Beauchamp denied manufacturing a homemade silencer or possessing a revolver. He did say the bag, which contained the silencer, revolver, ammo, mask, cap and cocaine did belong to him.

Beauchamp said he got the bag when he bought a motorcycle helmet. He admitted that the knit cap was his and revealed that he bought the mask for his son. He also admitted living at his home with the woman whose car was repossessed, and had been her boyfriend for the past 4 or 5 years.

According to the affidavit he also admitted having a felony conviction for aggravated assault for a robbery while wearing a mask.

Police say they are searching for evidence where Beauchamp lived at 105 Southwest 7th Avenue, but would not specify what evidence they were looking for. They denied they were digging in his backyard. They also said they do not think there is a third victim.

A Delray Beach police spokesperson could not say if Beauchamp was cooperating.

So far authorities have not stated whether Beauchamp was related to the victims or not.

At a Friday morning news conference police say it does appear children were living in Beauchamp's house.

They say they are still actively looking for the mother of the children. "We haven't been able to confirm where the mother is at this point, that's concerning us. But, we're still actively looking for the mother," said Sgt. Nicole Guerriero, a spokesperson for Delray Beach Police.

West Palm Beach police have confirmed to NewsChannel 5 that they are working with Delray Beach police into whether the mother of two children found dead in a canal in Delray Beach may be that of a still unidentified woman whose body was found at the Solid Waste Authority processing plant back in August. The woman had numerous tattoos on her body.

The badly decomposed body was found on August 16th. Police say the woman was killed.

Beauchamp does have an arrest record for domestic violence and violating an order pertaining to custody of a child.

"I know that our detectives are very determined in building a very good case. We always work our cases to the fullest. We want to make sure everything we do is correct, so I know that our detectives are working diligently to bring this case to a close and they want to do it the right way," said Sgt. Guerriero.

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