Teen accused of killing his 10-year-old sister

Posted at 4:57 PM, Feb 22, 2016
and last updated 2016-02-22 16:57:42-05

FOUNTAIN, Fla. (AP) — Law enforcement officials in the Florida Panhandle say a 15-year-old is accused of killing his 10-year-old sister.

According to the News Herald, the girl's family said they last saw her when she went to bed Saturday. She was reported missing Sunday morning.

Her body was found in a field behind the family's home northeast of Panama City.

Bay County Sheriff's officials have not said what led investigators to the girl's brother, who's charged with an open count of murder. The Associated Press does not generally name juveniles accused of crimes.

Sheriff Frank McKeithen described the boy as "hardcore" during a Monday news conference, saying he acted much older when confronted by authorities.


This story has been updated with sheriff's office now saying the teen is 15, not 16.


Information from: The (Panama City, Fla.) News Herald,