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Person of interest in homicide case arrested in Mississippi

Person of interest in homicide case arrested in Mississippi
Posted at 2:18 PM, Sep 22, 2018
and last updated 2018-09-22 18:58:15-04

HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY, Fla. — Police in Jones County, Mississippi arrested a person of interest in a Hillsborough County homicide investigation Friday night.

Authorities in Jones County tell us they arrested Sara Rose Dearman.

Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office says that Dearman was arrested in Laurel, MS on local charges unrelated to the death investigation.  Dearman does not have a warrant in Hillsborough County according to an official with the Sheriff's Office.

ORIGINAL STORY: Detectives look for person of interest in Hillsborough County homicide case

Dearman is wanted for questioning regarding the death of Michael Stephey. Deputies found Stephey dead in his home on Sligh Ave. on September 6 as a result of upper body trauma.

Neighbors told Stephey's family members Dearman had recently been staying with him — which wasn't unusual according to his granddaughter.

"We always knew him to take people in. That's just the type of person that he was, but we always knew who those people were," his granddaughter Brooke Kirby said. 

Dearman was arrested Friday night by the Laurel Police Department.

No other information has been released at this time. 

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