04/11/2014 03:00 pm ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

Teen Allegedly Strangles Ex-Girlfriend, Throws Body In River


A North Carolina teen has allegedly confessed to strangling his ex-girlfriend to death before throwing her body into a river with cinder blocks tied to her feet.

Je'Michael Malloy, 17, is charged with second-degree murder in the death of 15-year-old Danielle Locklear, according to WTVD.

Locklear was reported missing on March 11, according to CBS News. Investigators say she and Malloy got into an argument that day, and the girl was last seen leaving her grandfather's home in Hope Mills that night.

On April 3, an off-duty deputy found a body in the South River that authorities believe is Locklear. That deputy later questioned Malloy, who allegedly confessed that he strangled Locklear to death before he stuffed a sock in her mouth, tied cinder blocks to her feet and threw her body into the river.

Authorities believe Malloy's friend, 18-year-old Dominic Tayvon Lock, helped Malloy dispose of the body. Lock is charged with conspiracy.

Friends describe Locklear as a happy, kind girl who was always smiling.

"I called her Bubbles," 15-year-old Brooke Redd, told the Fay Observer. "She was a very happy, bubbly person. Everything about her was beautiful, her looks, her laugh."

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