Fredrick Hampton was identified as the suspect in the death investigation of Paighton Houston, whose body was found in a shallow grave in Alabama, according to WVTM-TV and other Alabama news sources.
Authorities scheduled a press conference for later in the morning on January 16, 2020, but the name broke shortly before it. Hampton is at large, according to Patch. Some sites are identifying him as Frederick Hampton, but state records show his name is spelled Fredrick Hampton.
Here’s what you need to know:
1. A Warrant Issued for Hampton Includes an Abuse of a Corpse Charge
According to Patch, a warrant was issued for 50-year-old Fredrick Hampton, “who is charged with abuse of a corpse, which is a class C felony.”
The Sheriff’s Department confirmed to Patch that Hampton is not currently in custody.
2. Houston Disappeared After Being Last Seen at the Tin Roof Bar
Houston, who lived with her family in Trussville, Alabama, disappeared after being seen at the Tin Roof bar in the 2700 block of Seventh Avenue South in Birmingham about 10:45 p.m., according to police.
Birmingham Police previously asked that anybody with information on the case should call 205-297-8413 or 911. Tips can be submitted anonymously to Crime Stoppers at 205-254-7777.
3. Paighton’s Mom Has Posted Heartbreaking Comments on a Facebook Page
On a Facebook page devoted to her daughter’s case, Paighton’s mom has posted heartbreaking comments.
“There are no updates yet. Here in a few days I will post information that I do know. Nothing that has been given from detectives just corresponding text done the day of Paighton’s disappearance from Paighton and days after and from coworkers. People can cover the truth with many many differing stories, but WHY?! I will say it again, I don’t want anyone to be blamed that is innocent but can someone that was with Paighton that night tell the truth,” she wrote.
“I have information from Paighton that day and night that is very contradictory to the several stories coming from coworkers. Even the coworkers supposedly with her that night have different stories from each other. Just doesn’t add up. Paighton lived with us and I saw her everyday. This investigation needs to be looked at deep. I will leave no stones unturned till this is solved. When what I do know to be truth comes out it will explain alot and as to why I don’t think she went to get drugs.”
4. Houston’s Body Was Found in a Shallow Grave at a Vacant Home
The tragic news came two weeks after Houston disappeared: Her body had been found.
Houston was found dead at a vacant house on Chapel Drive in Hueytown on January 3, 2020, AL.com reported. It was not immediately clear what her cause or manner of death were. A
Authorities revealed that Houston’s body was intact and wrapped in fabric. The home was vacant because its owner moved into a nursing home, and Houston’s body was found in the backyard. H
5. Police Had Previously Said Houston Left the Bar With Two Males
Birmingham Police Sergeant Johnny Williams initially told Al.com that police believed Houston had left the bar with two men and that she went willingly.
The men were only described as heavyset black males, but it’s not clear whether Hampton is one of those men.