Woman Sought In Tampa Slaying Arrested In Mississippi

A person of interest sought in a Tampa murder last month culminated in an arrest over 600 miles away last Tuesday when Hillsborough county authorities arrested a 29-year-old woman already in custody in Mississippi on unrelated charges.

Hillsborough Sheriff’s deputies arrested Sara Rose Dearman on charges of first-degree murder, armed carjacking, and armed burglary of a dwelling while in the Jones County Adult Detention Facility in Laurel, Mississippi.

According to Hillsborough authorities, a 9-1-1 call led to the discovery of the remains of Michael Stephey, which were discovered in his mobile home near Tampa Executive Airport. His body displayed fatal injuries to the upper body, and his sedan, which was known to neighbors, was missing.

Though Hillsborough authorities have revealed little about the case, they confirmed that the once-missing sedan belonging to Stephey was discovered abandoned four days later at a truck stop in Sumter County.

Mississippi officials arrested Dearman on unrelated charges of escape and disorderly conduct on September 21. Details regarding Dearman’s possible extradition to Tampa were not available at the time of this writing.

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