Authorities in Florida say the former assistant principal at a Miami-area high school has been arrested on suspicion of killing a staffer at the same school.
According to ABC News, the body of 41-year-old Kameela Russell was found about two weeks after she was last seen alive in mid-May.
After her remains were discovered in a Miami Gardens canal, a Miami-Dade County Medical Examiner’s Office reportly determined she died as a result of homicide by means of blunt force injury.
In addition to being colleagues at Norland Senior High School, Miami-Dade State Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle said the suspect and victim had been friends since childhood.
As of the latest reports available, she said there was no known motive for the attack, according to People.
“We all want to know what led to this,” Rundle added.
Police reports indicate authorities became interested in Roberts as a suspect after another employee of the school contacted them with a tip.
Investigators secured a search warrant and served it at the suspect’s home, where Rundle said officers found traces of blood as well as “extensive evidence” that someone had attempted to clean up a mess at the location.
A school district spokesperson confirmed it had “initiated the employment termination process” against the assistant principal.
“Our prayers and thoughts continue to be with Ms. Russell’s family,” the statement concluded.
[Featured image: Kameela Russell and Ernest Roberts/Miami Gardens Police Department and Miami Dade County]