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INCIDENT / ARREST REPORT

Yoknapatawpha County Sheriff's Department
711 Jackson Avenue E
Oxford, MS 38655

 _X_ INCIDENT
     ___ Juvenile
     ___ Senior Citizen
     ___ Gang

 ___ ARREST
     ___ Child Abuse
     ___ Domestic
     ___ Involved Alcohol
 CASE NUMBER:
  003511-04K-2013
Date Reported:
  11-04-2013
 Time Reported:
  6:12 AM
 OFFENSE:
  TBD
 STATUTE:
  
  ___ Committed
  ___ Attempted
 OFFENSE:
  
 STATUTE:
  
  ___ Committed
  ___ Attempted
 OFFENSE:
 
 STATUTE:
 
  ___ Committed
  ___ Attempted
 Location of Offense (Exact address, include Room/ Apt. No.)
  wooded area on Highway 7 south of Regional Center Drive, Oxford, Mississippi
 Date of Offense:
  TBD
 Time of Offense:
  TBD
 Location of Arrest (Exact address, include Room/Apt. No.)
  N/A
 Date of Arrest:
  N/A
 Time of Arrest:
  N/A
 Reporting Officer:
  Det. Sam Murphy
 Unit Number:
  633
 Assisting Officer:
  Det. Ted Armstrong
 Unit Number:
  615

 

PERSON 1
 Type:
 Victim
 Category:
 Adult
 Foul Play Suspected
 Yes
 Name:
 Jasmine Ledbetter
 Alias/Street Name/ Nickname
 none
 Vic/Offender Relationship
 unknown
 Race
 White
 Height
 5' 5"
 Weight
 115 lbs.
 Hair
 Blonde
 Eyes
 Blue
 Sex
  F
 Hat
 N/A
 Jacket/Coat
 N/A
 Shirt
 White
 Pants
 N/A
 Skirt/Dress
  Blue
 Age
     19
 DOB
 6-23-94
 Soc. Security #
 XXX-XX-XXXX
 Scars/Marks/Tattoos
 none visible
 Injury Extent
 Fatal
 Injury Description
 multiple apparent stab wounds to abdomen
 Address
 17 Van Buren Avenue, Oxford, MS
 Res Phone 236-XXXX
 Bus Phone 234-XXXX
 Occupation
 Assistant Manager
 Employer/School
 Square Pizza
 Employer Address
 1101 Van Buren Avenue, Oxford, MS

 

PERSON 2
 Type:
 Witness
 Category:
 Adult
 Foul Play Suspected
 N/A
 Name:
 Mark Eldridge
 Alias/Street Name/ Nickname
 none
 Vic/Offender Relationship
 unknown
 Race
 White
 Height
 6' 2"
 Weight
 200 lbs.
 Hair
 Brown
 Eyes
 Brown
 Sex
 M
 Hat
  Hunter's cap
 Jacket/Coat
 Camouflage
 Shirt
 Camouflage
 Pants
 Camouflage
 Skirt/Dress
 N/A
 Age
     39
 DOB
 1/8/1974
 Soc. Security #
 XXX-XX-XXXX
 Scars/Marks/Tattoos
 none visible
 Injury Extent
 none observed at scene
 Injury Description
 N/A
 Address
 716 Martin Luther King Jr. Drive, Oxford, MS
 Res Phone 259-XXXX
 Bus Phone 281-XXXX
 Occupation
 Cook
 Employer/School
 Rosie's Diner
 Employer Address
  723 Old Highway 7 N, Oxford, MS

 

 REPORTING OFFICER'S NARRATIVE (Brief narrative of the facts surrounding the offense and the arrest.)

At 6:12 a.m., Dispatch received a 911 call reporting the discovery of a dead body off Highway 7, south of Regional Center Drive. The caller identified himself as Mark Eldridge (Person 2). Yoknapatawpha County Sheriff's Unit 209 (Officer P. Winston) was dispatched and arrived at the scene at 6:27 a.m. After confirming the presence of the body, R/O secured the scene and contacted Dispatch and requested backup and medical assistance.

Reporting Investigators (R/Is) Detectives T. Armstrong and S. Murphy were assigned and proceeded directly to the scene. At R/Is' request, Coroner’s Inspector L. Johnson and a CSU team were notified to respond to the scene.

R/Is arrived at the scene at 6:49 a.m. Upon arrival, R/Is found that R/O had secured the area. Environmental conditions at the scene upon arrival are as follows: Weather: Clear; Exterior Ambient Temperature: 45°F / 7°C, Relative Humidity: 37%.

R/O Winston made the following verbal report, which is stated in summary and not verbatim.

R/O was met along the side of Highway 7 by Eldridge, who was waiting at his pickup truck. Eldridge led R/O into the woods to the body of an apparently deceased adult female, later identified as Jasmine Ledbetter (Person 1).

At R/O's request, Eldridge returned to his pickup to lead backup and medical personnel to the site.

R/O said YCFD EMTs R. Peterson and J. Bilkey arrived at approximately 6:20 a.m. and, after confirming the victim was deceased, withdrew from the crime scene. R/O Winston further stated that, to the best of his knowledge, the following personnel had occasion to enter the crime scene area and must be documented by CSU personnel: witness Mark Eldridge, EMT Peterson, EMT Bilkey and himself.

After receiving the report from R/O Winston, R/Is conducted a preliminary inspection of the scene.

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R/Is observed some broken branches and some leaves that appeared to have been recently disturbed on the eastern periphery of a small clearing. In the center of the clearing, R/Is observed a lifeless human body, a female apparently in her early 20s. Visual inspection indicated the victim was wearing a white shirt with dark stains in the abdomen area and a dark blue skirt. The body was wrapped what appeared to be a clear plastic tarp. The body lay in a supine position with the head pointing north. The legs were together and the arms were at the side of the torso, the right arm holding a purse. R/Is delayed further inspection of the body until the arrival of the Coroner's Inspector.

R/Is observed a cell phone on the ground, 4 feet west of the victim, and small possible bloodstains on the ground in multiple locations surrounding the body.

Coroner's Inspector Luwinda Johnson arrived at the scene at approximately 7:10 a.m. and joined R/Is at the body's location. Inspector Johnson pronounced the victim deceased at 7:29 a.m. by visual observation that the victim was not breathing and by tactile observation that the victim did not have a palpable carotid pulse.

Inspector Johnson visually examined the anterior of the body and observed apparent stab wounds to the abdomen and speculated that the apparent cause of death is related to those wounds. Inspector Johnson noted that rigor mortis was moderately established and, pending a more detailed examination at autopsy, speculated the victim had been dead approximately 6 to 18 hours. Inspector Johnson indicated that further details would be available in the official autopsy report.

After Inspector Johnson completed her initial inspection of the body, she stayed with the CSU team to ensure integrity of the body, while the team took photographs of the scene and performed preliminary analyses, until the body could be removed from the scene without affecting other evidence.

CSU arrived at the scene at approximately 7:15 a.m. R/Is instructed CSU to take the phone as well as samples of possible blood found near the body into evidence for analysis and to process the entire scene according to standard procedure.

A preliminary search of the immediate area for the weapon(s) causing the injury to the victim met with negative results. CSU will conduct a more intensive search and report their findings.

R/Is left the scene at 12:35 p.m. to interview witness Mark Eldridge, who had been transported to the YCSD. Before leaving, R/I Murphy instructed CSU to seal the scene upon completion or end of day suspension of processing. CSU to notify R/Is of progress by the end of this date. As of this filing, CSU is still actively processing at the scene.

Body of the deceased remanded into the custody of Coroner's Inspector Luwinda Johnson. Deceased was removed from scene at 9:42 a.m. and transported to the coroner's office for autopsy.

Evidence remanded into the custody of Forensics Officer T. R. Douglas for transport to the State Crime Lab for routine analysis. CSU is expected to submit an inventory of items taken into evidence within fourteen days of this report, with detailed report(s) of their findings to follow at a later date.

 

 DEFENDANT'S VERSION/REMARKS (What did the defendant say?)

N/A

 

 REPORTING OFFICER  Sam Murphy  DATE REPORTED  11-4-2013
 REPORTING OFFICER  //Sam Murphy
 Signature
 633
 Unit Number
 11-4-2013
 Date
 ASSISTING OFFICER  //Ted Armstrong
 Signature
 615
 Unit Number
 11-4-2013
 Date

 

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  • Humm, well the first thing I thought when I read this was. "I think they really need to focus on the Man who supposedly found the body" because I do believe hunters use those types of tarps and, he was a hunter. So I'm sure they are looking into him. But, whoever did this needs to be caught immediately!! It hurts my heart to know she has a family and they are probably hurting deeply..

    from Utah, USA
  • If the Responding Officer arrived on scene at 06:27 am why does his report state: R/O said YCFD EMTs R. Peterson and J. Bilkey arrived at approximately 6:20 a.m. 

  • man mid 30s most likely lost his mother or close realtive at a young age to a murder or had one experience a form of kidnappping. stabbing in most cases represents sex most likely lives alone secluded. most likely a chance murder. i dont belive he stalked her or knew her very well. maybe had seen her once before.

  • I believe that she was alone near the highway. Seeing that her phone was not taken and her purse was left with her probably means that he doesn't care money / valuables. It is probable that she had walked / ran some distance after being stabbed and had tried calling 911, but the killer caught up with her and killed her. If I am right and she was there, then why was she standing by the highway at such a late hour? Whats strange is that her face has the least tarp over it, one layer most likely, but the rest of her body is covered up so much that it is hard to see her clothes. The killer might have wanted to look at her face one more time, either for personal ( a friend of her maybe?) reason, or for their own interest. Her killer might have also killed her out of rage and out of remorse and guilt covered her body with the tarp.

  • I don't see this as the crime scene this is a dumping ground

  • The hunter reported the body at 6.12am. The weather was cold and most likely the sun hadn't come up yet. To discover a body that way would have shaken him up a bit. The cloths Jasmine was wearing don't fit with cold weather and she has no shoes. My thoughts are that Jasmine wasn't murdered at the scene but carried in after she was dead. The killer wanted the body to be discovered going by the way she was placed. Why was the purse placed in her hand and the phone found away from the body? It seems almost ritual. Like mummification. Was she the victim of some crazy cult, maybe she was a sacrifice? Could this be the first kill from a serial killer? This is an horrific murder and we need to work fast to catch the killer.

  • A thorough search of the area might hold vital evidence for footprints. Is there a track in which the killer has come from?

  • On simple review of incident report, a 19 year old female, fully clothed, purse on her arm and multiple stab wounds to the abdomen. My first thought is to find out if she was pregnant or thought to be pregnant, and start locating any potential boyfriends and all close male associates of the victim.

    from Alabama, USA
  • Jealous romantic rival? Rape kit? Seems obvious that her cellphone was examined by the killer also crime was committed elsewhere What was she doing in the days leading up to her murder?

  • I think crime has been committed somewhere else near highway most probably in warehouse nearby.
    Multiple culprits. They stabbed her, wrap the dead body with plastic and dumped in ground.
    Need to check mobile phone last call history and message.
    Statement of friends, colleague and Family members.

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