Mother of missing teen presumed dead granted half-million dollar bond

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The Augusta mother of missing teen LaTania Janell Carwell who is presumed dead was granted a $500,000 bond Friday.

 

Because Tanya Tripp has been held in jail for more than 90 days without bond and without an indictment returned in her case, she was entitled to bond, District Attorney Natalie Paine said.

Tripp, 35, was arrested with her husband, Leon Tripp, 38, in Atlanta on May 23, more than a month after LaTania was last seen or heard from on her 16th birthday. Tanya Tripp was initially charged with hindering the apprehension of a criminal, and her husband was charged with kidnapping.

She told authorities that her husband woke in the in the early morning hours of April 17 saying he was going to help a friend with car trouble. Although it was a school night, he told her he was taking LaTania with him.

LaTania hasn’t been seen since and according to her phone records, she hasn’t called anyone since April 17, according to earlier reports in The Augusta Chronicle. Tonya Tripp denied having any contact with LaTania or her husband, but Paine said at earlier court hearings that officers learned she had several phone conversations with her husband between the time her daughter disappeared and their arrests.

On June 11, Richmond County Sheriff Richmond Rountree said LaTania’s disappearance was now considered a homicide.

Last month, the charges against Leon Tripp were upgraded to include murder. A charge of concealing the death of another was added against his wife.

LaTania’s remains have not been found.

Reach Sandy Hodson at sandy.hodson@augustachronicle.com or (706) 823-3226

 

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