UPDATE: Victim ID’d in Auburn Burke Place subdivision homicide, teen charged with murder

UPDATE: Victim ID’d in Auburn Burke Place subdivision homicide, teen charged with murder

Lee County Coroner Bill Harris has identified the victim as 66-year-old Martha “Marti” Jones White

Auburn police, along with the assistance of members of the U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force and Tallapoosa County Drug Task Force, arrested Ross Jonathan McFarland, 16, of Auburn, on a warrant for Murder.

Thursday night, police responded to a residence in the 700 block of Burke Place after receiving a call reporting an unresponsive female.

Officers discovered a White, affiliated with the residence, deceased from an apparent gunshot wound.

An investigation and analysis of the scene resulted in McFarland, who resides at the residence on Burke Place, being developed as a suspect in the death.

The Auburn Police Division obtained an arrest warrant and enlisted the aid of the U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force.

McFarland, a truck missing from the residence and what is believed to be the weapon used in the homicide, were located in the 10,000 block of Highway 50 near Dadeville and taken into custody.

McFarland has been charged with murder, transported to the Lee County Jail and is held under a $150,000 bond. This case remains under investigation by the Auburn Police Division and Lee County Coroner’s Office.

Anyone with additional information regarding this crime is urged to contact the Auburn Police Division Detective Section at 334-501-3140 or the anonymous tip line at 334-246-1391.

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