A Houston-area man believed to be hiding information about his missing 16-year-old girlfriend and her slain mother and sister was arrested, police said.
Jesse Dobbs, 21, was booked into jail Wednesday on a resisting arrest charge the day after authorities issued an Amber Alert for Kirsten Fritch, according to the Baytown Police Department. Her mother Cynthia Morris and younger sister Breanna Pavilicek were found dead Tuesday.
“Based on our investigation thus far and conversations with Mr. Dobbs we believe that he may have knowledge of the homicide and the whereabouts of Kirsten Fritch, however, Mr. Dobbs refused to provide us with details of either,” Baytown police said in a statement.
Investigators said Dobbs struggled with officers who detained him at Shenanigan’s Bar in nearby Texas City, Tex., early Wednesday. Police identified him on Wednesday as a person of interest rather than a suspect in the ongoing investigation.
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Search teams continued to look for Fritch Thursday near the bar and elsewhere in the coastal city roughly 45 miles southeast of Houston. Investigators in Texas City said they located Morris’ white PT Cruiser, which also went missing from the family’s Baytown home Tuesday morning.
Officers discovered Morris, 37, and her daughter Pavilicek, 13, fatally shot in the home after Morris’ mother alerted police she couldn’t reach them.
Detectives said the door to the family’s home was unlocked and the two victims had each suffered at least one gunshot wound. Their bodies were in a room in the back of the Louise St. home.
Barbara DeRamus told KHOU-TV that her granddaughter started dating Dobbs after meeting him online. Dobbs eventually moved in with the family despite Kirsten’s loved ones’ concerns about him, DeRamus said.
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“We need her home,” DeRamus said. “This is a mother and grandmother’s worst nightmare.”
Investigators described Kirsten as 5-foot-1, 135 pounds with brown hair and green eyes, according to her entry from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. Baytown police promised to announce any updates in the investigation as soon as possible.
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