Authorities Arrest Man for Russell County Teenager's Death

(MGN Online)

A relative has been arrested in the death of a Russell County teenager. The body of 19-year-old Keonte Chavis was found in the woods near Seale Monday. She had been missing since last week.

29-year-old Christian Grissom has been arrested on murder charges.

Investigators say he strangled his cousin last Thursday, then left her body.

Sheriff Heath Taylor says Grissom fled to New York and was on the run from a prior domestic violence charge in Florida.

Family members say they had doubs about Grissom from the beginning.

"He would not respond like a person would care, or didn't have anything to do with it, or was innocent, so I from the beginning, once I realized, once the fog cleared, I felt he was the person that had something to do with Keonte's disappearance."

The sheriff plans to go to New York to bring Grissom back to Russell County to face the murder charge.

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