17-year-old Christopher Sowell charged in Jessica Williams' death in Gosnell

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    • Jessica Williams was found dead in Gosnell, Arkansas hours after being reported missing. (Photo: KAIT)
    • Christopher Sowell arrested in Jessica Williams death. (Photo: KAIT)

    GOSNELL, Ark. (KTHV) -- A 17-year-old male has been arrested in connection with the death of a Gosnell girl.

    Mississippi County Sheriff Dale Cook confirms to THV 11 News that 17-year-old Christopher Sowell is charged in the death of Jessica Williams.

    Sowell is a neighbor of Williams and will be charged as an adult with first degree murder.

    Cook says Sowell was brought in for questioning Wednesday afternoon, and he was arrested between 11:30 p.m. and midnight Thursday.

    Cook says Sowell is not a sex offender, and this is an ongoing investigation.

    Jessica was reported missing Tuesday night. She was last seen leaving her father's house with her dog and her bike around 6 p.m. and was reported missing three hours later.

    Her body was found around 6:30 a.m. Wednesday morning in a ditch.

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