ST. ROSE, LA (WVUE) - Detectives believe foul play is involved in the death of Jorion White, 16, after deputies found her body dumped in a ditch on the side of the road off of St. Rose Avenue Sunday afternoon.
White was reported missing from her Kenner home Friday evening by her mother when she never returned home from school, but family members said the teen was last seen Thursday night before bed.
Family members said the 11th grader at Bonnabel High School never showed up to class on Friday.
Detectives with the St. Charles Sheriff's Office weren't ready to discuss the circumstances surrounding her death, but confirmed the teen was wearing 'pink rollers' in her hair when her body was discovered by a passing driver.
"There's nothing normal about this. The child came out, she didn't leave home on her own accord, not the way she was dressed, she was a perfect young lady, she liked to have her hair comb, she liked to have her dress all nice and they found her in pink rollers, that is not something that she would normally go out of the house in, so yes that is something I would suspect is foul play," Katrice Reid, White's Godmother said.
A small memorial grew Monday afternoon, near the spot where White's body was discovered, as friends showed up to remember the bubbly 16-year old girl.
"She wasn't mine, but I loved her, I loved her," Tomeckia Small-Sanders, who knew White from a local dance group and spotted her often while substituting at the high school. "I would've never known that was going to be my last hug from her, and it's hard."
White's Godmother, who spoke on behalf of the family, was distraught as she spoke about her final visit with her beloved Goddaughter.
"I didn't realize at that time that that was the very last time I was going to see her. It just breaks my heart, because I'm going to miss her smile, I'm going to miss her voice, I'm just going to miss her tremendously," Reid said.
Now they're hopeful someone will help them put the pieces to together to find out what happened to the teenager.
"She came in smiling, she made everybody else laugh, and she cared about everybody. She was a really sweet, sweet child. This that happened to her, was tragic, it shouldn't have happened to her, I don't understand why it happened her and we just want justice for Jorion," Reid said.
Detectives ask anyone with information that could help the investigation to call Crimestoppers at 1-877-903-STOP.