BESSEMER, Ala. (WIAT) — UPDATE (10:30 AM): Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Chief David Agee provided an update on arrest warrants filed against suspect Frederick Hampton.
Chief Agee said the offender, Hampton, is believed to be responsible for disposing of the body.
Agee reveals that they have not obtained a complete autopsy report that determines Houston’s cause of death.
What Agee could say was that there was “no physical trauma to the body of the victim that could have led to her death.”
The sheriff’s office believes that Houston was with Hampton on the night of Dec. 20, 2019, and “there was no evidence of any force” in her leaving the bar.
The office received evidence that after her disappearance, Houston died the next day at a house on McClain Street in Brighton and that after she died, she was allegedly “disposed of in a criminal manner” by Hampton at the location where she was later discovered.
Chief Agee said the sheriff’s office believes the offender, Hampton, was most likely familiar with the property where Houston was discovered, and it is likely the property is a relative’s home.
Hampton is charged with abuse of a corpse and is also charged with violating a sex offender notification act. Chief Agee said that if additional evidence is developed, Hampton could face additional charges.
“The next step is to find Hampton and to take him into custody,” Chief Agee said.
Prior to his possible connection to Houston’s death, Hampton has a record of being a sex offender. At present, Hampton is not in custody, and Chief Agee asks that he turns himself in.
Chief Agee speculates that Hampton may have fled to Georgia.
Agee thanked the Birmingham Police Department, Trussville Police Department, Hueytown Police Department and other agencies that assisted in the case.
Chief Agee stated that evidence that led to Houston’s discovery came through tip lines and the assistance of Crime Stoppers.
JEFFERSON COUNTY, Ala. (WIAT) — On Wednesday, the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office obtained arrest warrants for a suspect in connection to the death of Paighton Houston.
Fifty-year-old Fredrick Hampton has been charged with abuse of a corpse, a class C felony, with a $60,000 bond. The charge against Hampton is in connection to Houston’s death investigation.
Hampton is not in custody and deputies are actively looking for him.