Teen caught trying to flee country to be charged as an adult for murdering grandmother: Cops

A Florida teenager was arrested in connection with the murder of his grandmother after they both were reported missing and the grandmother’s body was found buried in a shallow grave.

Logan Mott, 15, is charged as an adult with the murder of Kristina French, 53, according to Joanna Pasceri, a spokesperson for the Erie County District Attorney’s Office.

Mott was arrested Friday after he was pulled over near Buffalo, New York for taking a wrong turn on a bridge that connects the United States and Canada, CBS News reports.

French and Mott were reported missing on November 21 when they didn’t show up to pick up Mott’s father and his girlfriend from the airport after a vacation. The couple had to take an Uber back to their home in Neptune Beach and found the house had been robbed. The door was open, the house was ransacked, and guns were missing from the safe. French and Mott were nowhere to be found.

French’s remains were found in the backyard in a shallow grave on Thursday, and Mott was named a person of interest. The Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office called him “armed and dangerous.”

Mott was arrested without incident Friday after being pulled over on the Peace Bridge in Buffalo. He was taken to jail on an auto theft warrant after police reportedly caught him in his grandmother’s vehicle.

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On Wednesday, Mott “will be arraigned as a fugitive from justice from the State of Florida on the charge of murder,” according to the Erie County District Attorney’s Office. He is currently awaiting extradition to Florida.

His lawyer, Buffalo-based Dominic Saraceno, asked the public “not to jump to any conclusions or rush to judgment until a thorough investigation is complete,” and said the teen is upset his grandmother is dead. Mott reportedly claims he played no part in her death.

[Feature Photo: Logan Mott and Kristina French/Facebook]