ST. CHARLES PARISH, LA (WVUE) - Daniel Beckley, 40, is locked up. Detectives say they arrested him in New Orleans without incident on Monday and booked him with second-degree murder and obstruction of justice in the death of 16-year-old Jorion White.
Police said White's body was then dumped in a drainage canal in St. Charles Parish.
Family members reported White missing from her Kenner home on April 22. Investigators discovered her body a few days later. She had pink curlers in her hair, and family members said she would never leave the house that way.
Beckley was a long time live-in boyfriend of White's mother, Michelle Price.
The 16-year-old was described as a fun-loving person who always had a smile on her face. She was a junior at Bonnabel High School. The sheriff said Price cooperated fully with detectives, and several people even stepped up to provide surveillance video, taken mostly near the area where white's body was found.
While Price's cooperation and the videos helped to solve the case the St. Charles Parish sheriff said in the end, probable cause was established through forensic evidence.
"This arrest is based on forensic evidence, physical evidence primarily," said Sheriff Greg Champagne. "We're going on what the facts show, location, and what science says and what evidence we have, so we really are focused more on that as opposed to motive. I mean, we are certainly not ruling out those things, but right now we are not going to discuss what his possible motive was."