Shortly after authorities in Texas witnessed a 19-year-old teen shoot and kill himself after being cornered at his hidden camping spot, they found an eight-page suicide note he had apparently written beforehand. The details of the note, recently released, indicated that the suspect apologized to the parents of a slain girl he was secretly dating, but denied any involvement in her death.
PEOPLE reports that Paul Audrey Adams shot himself in front of police on Oct. 2, near an irrigation canal on Farm to Market Road 1135 in Vidor, just a few days after the body of 14-year-old cheerleader, Tristan Dilley, was found in her bedroom at her home in Buna. The Silsbee High School cheerleader had been shot to death and police alleged that Adams was the shooter, although the motive still remains unclear.
Authorities found Adams’ note “neatly stacked and weighed down” inside his 1994 Toyota Corolla. Jasper County, Texas, Sheriff’s Lt. Ryan Cunningham said that although Adams apologized to Tristan’s parents in his suicide, he wouldn’t admit to killing her.
“He didn’t know their names, but he was sorry for what had taken place. It states in there that he didn’t know what else to do but run, and talking to law enforcement wouldn’t do any good because we would believe what we wanted to believe. He didn’t want to go to prison and it was better to die.”
Yet, according to police, that Adams began purchasing numerous supplies in the weeks before Tristan’s death, which suggested that her murder was premeditated and Adams may have had plans to cut up and dispose of her body, although there’s no clear evidence linking his “true intentions.”
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Detectives said they found Adams camping in a wooded area with a surplus of supplies. He’d purchased around $1,500 worth of products at Walmart in the weeks and says preceding Tristan’s death, which included duct tape, a machete, an ax, handcuffs, ropes, tarps, burlap sacks, knives, cases of water, and 32 meal rations.
“I know what you’re thinking but I didn’t kill her,” the note read, according to New York Post. “I loved Tristan with all my heart. I know we shouldn’t have snuck around but I also know she’s 14 and I am 19 but that did not matter to us.”
New details on the death of Tristan Dilley. Burlap sacks, handcuffs, dumbbells and hatchet, among others where rangers found Paul Adams pic.twitter.com/jQqlXjvgQN
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Adams also mentioned who he claimed the real killer was, indicating it was “some man.” He said he hid in the closet because he thought her heard her parents coming to her room, and he wasn’t supposed to be at her house visiting her.
“We thought it was her parents, but it was some man,” he wrote, adding, “Thinking it was her parents, I hid in the bathroom, but I realized it wasn’t her parents when Tristan started screaming.”
Tristan’s younger brother found her dead in her room, on top of her bed in a pool of blood. She died just two days shy of her 15th birthday.
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