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Suspect in death of Lindbergh junior is arrested in Oklahoma City; see booking photo, TV video
The suspect in the death of 17-year-old Jessica Scholl Friday morning has been arrested in Oklahoma City, the Renton Police Department announced Monday afternoon.
Renton Police were notified at 1:30 p.m. Monday by Oklahoma City Police of the arrest of Jarod T. Lane, 19, of Renton in Oklahoma City Monday afternoon. (See his booking photo.)
A 2001 Mazda Protégé which Lane had been driving was found abandoned near Guthrie, OK., earlier in the day; a television news crew enroute to cover that story saw Lane walking along the side of a road in Oklahoma City a few hours later, according to Det. Robert Onishi, a Renton Police Department spokesman.
The TV crew recognized Lane from photographs released to their Seattle-area affiliate station and called 911; Lanes was then arrested. Lane will be held in Oklahoma City while extradition is arranged.
Officers said 19-year-old Jared Thomas Lane didn't put up a fight when they found him and that he admitted that he was wanted in connection with a homicide case in Washington state, an Oklahoma City TV station reported Monday.
Jessica’s family has release the following statement through the Renton Police Department:
“We, as Jessica Scholl's family, would like to thank the Renton Police Department and numerous other law enforcement agencies for their diligence in searching for the person of interest. Especially thank you to the Oklahoma City Police Department and News Channel 4's Adam Mertz and Mark Paris who helped to apprehend him.
“We would like to take this opportunity to stress the importance of healthy relationships and encourage everyone to report known or suspected teen or domestic violence.
Our family has appreciated the way the media has respected our wishes to grieve and remember Jessica in private. We have no further comment at this time.”
Depending on the route taken, Oklahoma City is about 2,000 miles from Renton. There's a two-hour time difference.
Investigators know that Lane purchased gas Friday morning at a gas station in North Bend, then apparently headed east on Interstate 90.
Jessica was found dead of as-yet undisclosed injuries at about 8 a.m. Friday by Renton firefighters responding to a fire in her home near Lindbergh High School, where she was a junior. Attempts to revive her with CPR failed.
The King County Medical Examiner's Office as of Monday had yet to officially release Jessica's identity, how she died and whether her death was a homicide.