TEXAS – Police are still looking for the murderers who gruesomely dismembered and tortured Mikayla Mitchell, 17, last week and left her body to be found in a creek at a park in South Dallas on Sunday.
The teen had run away from home and returned for a short while before running away again, according to family friend Sunshine Grigg.
“Her mom went and picked her up in Abilene, and she came home for a week,” Grigg said. “And then, she came home again with these boys and left town with them. And now, we’re never going to see her again.”
Police have said she died from “homicidal violence.” They released no other information, and do not yet know who committed the crime.
Mitchell was a “free spirit” who liked to “roam,” Grigg said. “She liked to be on her own and do her own thing. It’s like she was my daughter. It hurts so bad, it’s unimaginable.”
On July 11, less than a week before the teen was murdered, her stepfather, Howard Gregg Diamond, was arrested for allegedly conspiring to distribute controlled substances since 2010. News outlets are mentioning Diamond’s alleged crime in every article about Mitchell’s murder.
Diamond, 56, is the principal physician at the Diamondback Pain and Wellness Center in Sherman, according to the Dallas Morning News. Federal authorities say he conspired with others to write unnecessary prescriptions for painkillers, resulting in seven deaths in Texas and Oklahoma from 2012 to 2016. The doctor is scheduled to appear in federal court on Friday for a detention hearing.
Diamond’s lawyer, Peter Schulte, pushed back against seeing his client’s legal troubles highlighted along with his stepdaughter’s grisly death. He stated on Twitter, “Media is ruthless,” adding that there is no connection between the girl’s death and his client’s charges.
Media is ruthless. There is no connection between my client Dr. Diamonds' charges & his step-daughters death. Client & family devastated
— Lawyer Peter Schulte (@AttyPeteSchulte) July 18, 2017
Police in Dallas are offering a $5,000 reward for information leading to arrest in the case. Anyone with information is asked to call investigators at (214) 671-3627.
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