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Florida teen detained at Buffalo border after grandma found in shallow grave

A teenage Florida boy, considered a person of interest in the death of his grandmother, was detained Friday night at the Peace Bridge by U.S. Customs and Border Protection as he tried to enter Canada.

Logan Mott, 15, made a wrong turn and drove onto the Peace Bridge shortly after 7 p.m., according to Aaron E. Bowker, public affairs liaison for Customs and Border Protection in Buffalo.

The teen made a U-turn before reaching the Canadian side and stopped at the U.S. inspection booths, Bowker said. Officers found he was wanted on a warrant for grand theft auto from Neptune Beach, Fla.

Authorities from Florida arrived in Buffalo Sunday and an extradition hearing was expected to take place within the week, possible as early as Monday, according to a Buffalo Police spokesman. Under a typical extradition process, Mott would appear before a judge in Buffalo and either ask for a hearing on the for the return trip.

"After confirming the warrant with the Neptune Beach Police Department, CBP was advised that Mr. Mott was a person of interest in a murder investigation in Jacksonville, Fla.," Bowker said. "Mott has been detained and is currently being held by the Buffalo Police Department on the grand theft auto warrant."

Bowker said Mott was alone in the car and was taken into custody without incident.

Mott and his grandmother Kristina French, 53, were reported missing earlier this week from Neptune Beach after the boy failed to show up for school and French missed work, according to the Miami Herald.

Authorities asked the public's help in finding them and a vehicle, a 2015 silver Dodge Dart with Florida plates. They also said firearms had been stolen from the home.

Jacksonville authorities said on Friday that French's body had been found in a shallow grave. The sheriff''s office tweeted Friday that Mott was considered a person of interest in French's death and should be considered "armed and dangerous." Deputies said that he had been spotted in Pennsylvania.

Mott was driving a 2015 Dart when he was stopped at the Peace Bridge, Bowker said. He declined comment on whether any weapons were found in the car, because the investigation is ongoing.

"He didn't get into Canada. He turned around on the bridge and came back, so the Canadian authorities never saw him. He just turned around on the bridge on his own," Bowker said.

Bowker said it's not all that unusual for people to make unwanted trips onto the Peace Bridge and turn around.

"It was a normal inspection at the border. We encounter wrong turns all the time," Bowker said. "Obviously, he is underage, but believe it or not, that happens as well."

Mott has so far not been charged in the death of his grandmother.



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