Authorities in Georgia arrested the boyfriend of Anitra Gunn, a 23-year-old college student who has been missing since Friday, hours after investigators recovered her body hidden in the woods next to a portion of her car which had been located days earlier.
DeMarcus Little, 23, was arrested Tuesday afternoon for criminal damage to property after police said he allegedly smashed the windows of Gunn’s apartment and slashed the tires on her car during a Feb.5 incident, Fort Valley Department of Public Safety said in a news release.
Gunn, an agricultural student at Fort Valley State University, was last seen on Valentine’s Day at around 11:30 a.m. just outside of Fort Valley. She was reported missing by her family the following day after they had not been in contact with her for an “unusual amount of time.”
Her car was found in a neighbor’s yard with the front bumper missing, USA Today reported.
Little was arrested Tuesday shortly after deputies with the Peach County Sheriff’s Office recovered remain’s matching Gunn’s description at around 3:20 p.m. An autopsy report on Wednesday confirmed that the body found was Gunn.
“About 150 yards off the roadway. He found a piece of the car or part of the car piece that we’ve been looking for. Found Ms. Gunn laying very close to part of that front bumper,” Peach County Sheriff Terry Deese said during a press conference Tuesday.
Deese said they have not named any suspects, adding, “I think it’s pretty common sense who our person of interest is.”
“It’s the boyfriend,” he continued. “We’ve talked to him three times.”