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Missing Georgia teenager’s remains found in shallow grave

Updated Wednesday, March 14, 2018 | 1:25 a.m.

AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) — Authorities say the remains of a missing Georgia teenager have been discovered in a shallow grave nearly one year after her mother and stepfather were arrested in connection with her disappearance.

Richmond County Sheriff Richard Roundtree said at a news conference Tuesday that bones found Thursday in the backyard of a vacant Augusta home are those of LaTania Janell Carwell. He said the 16-year-old had been missing since April 17.

The Augusta Chronicle reports Carwell's stepfather, Leon Tripp, and her mother, Tonya Tripp, were indicted on additional charges since their arrests in May. Leon Tripp is charged with murder, kidnapping and other offenses. Tonya Tripp is charged with second-degree murder and other offenses.

Both are in jailed in Richmond County and it is unclear if they have lawyers.