SUMTER, S.C. (WJBF) — The search for a missing 5-year-old in Sumter County, South Carolina, whose mother was found killed inside their apartment, Monday, August 6 has shifted to a recovery effort.
The body of Sharee Bradley, 29, was found by a family member inside her Lantana Apartments residence just before 6 p.m. Monday afternoon, according to the Sumter Police Department.
A suspect, Daunte Maurice Johnson, 28, who was seen fleeing the residence, is now in custody.
During the course of an interview with authorities, Johnson said he killed Bradley, with whom he was acquainted, and her daughter, Nevaeh Lashy Adams. He also provided information that could help police locate her, authorities say
“Finding this little girl is first and foremost and we have and will continue to use every resource available to make that happen,” Sumter Police Chief Russell Roark said. “Our prayers are with the family and we will continue to assist them throughout this tragic ordeal.”
A preliminary investigation by the Sumter County Coroner’s Office determined Bradley had been dead for several hours before she was found. Based on the information gathered, police think Adams was killed during the same time frame as her mother.
Officers also are working to learn more about the suspect, who has a criminal record in other states and is a suspect in a Missouri homicide.
Johnson is being held in the Sumter County Sheriff’s Office Detention Center on a murder charge.
The S.C. Law Enforcement Division was notified. However, because an abduction did not occur and other factors, the case did not meet the criteria for an Amber Alert, authorities added.
If you have any information, call 911 immediately, the Sumter Police Department at (803) 436-2700, or your nearest law enforcement agency.
Information can also be given anonymously by calling CrimeStoppers at (803) 436-2718 or 1-888-CRIME-SC.