Man charged with murder in missing Ole Miss student case

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OXFORD, Miss (AP) — A Mississippi man has been charged with murder in connection with the disappearance of a missing Ole Miss student.

Oxford police announced on Friday that they had arrested Sheldon Timothy Herrington Jr., 22, of Grenada. The Daily Newspaper of Northeast Mississippi said Herrington was being held without bond on Friday afternoon. The missing student, Jimmie “Jay” Lee, disappeared on the morning of July 8.

In a statement posted on social media, investigators said they are still working to find Lee’s body.

“This is still an ongoing investigation and updates will be given at a later date,” the statement said.

A lawyer for Herrington could not immediately be identified or reached for comment.

Lee was last seen leaving an apartment complex in Oxford. His family realized he was missing after he failed to show up for a baby formula drive he had organized. Lee hosted the event for her internship with the Mississippi Department of Child Protective Services.

Oxford police said Tuesday afternoon that the Mississippi Attorney General’s Office and the Federal Bureau of Investigation Field Office in Oxford are assisting in the investigation.

On July 14, Oxford police released a recording featuring Lee’s father, Jimmie, pleading with the public to help find his missing son.

A graduate of Murrah High School in Jackson, Lee majored in public policy at Ole Miss. He was spending the summer in Oxford to complete his bachelor’s degree in social work. He had already been accepted into the Master of Social Work program at Ole Miss and was due to start this fall.

Lee was also well known in Oxford’s LGBTQ community.

Lakiowa Milan, Lee’s neighbor, spoke to WTOK-TVabout the student following his disappearance.

“He’ll talk to anyone, he’s kind of the life of the party, he’s really nice, so it’s just unfortunate that something like this happened to him,” Milan said.

A Facebook page that appears to be Herrington Jr.’s says he graduated with a BBA in real estate from Ole Miss in May. He also says he owns a moving company based in Oxford.

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