Citrus County, Florida-- "This is an 18-year-old child, and to die in the way that she died shouldn't happen to anybody. I just pray that justice be served..." said Deanna Stires' Uncle, Todd Watson.
Watson spoke those words last week after his niece Deanna's body was found on January 19, dumped in a Levy County wooded area nearly 75 miles from her Brooksville home.
Thirty-one days after Deanna was reported missing, and four days after her memorial, Citrus County's Sheriff Jeff Dawsy announced her family may get the justice they've been looking for.
Dawsy said a Homosassa man, 44-year-old Byron Lee Boutin, has been arrested and charged with second degree murder in relation to the case.
"It was extremely important to this agency, and both the Hernando County and Levy County Sheriff's Offices, that we bring closure to the family of Ms. Stires," Sheriff Dawsy said Thursday. "No one should have to experience what they've gone through. This was a particularly heinous crime done to such a young woman."
Dawsy attributed the arrest to the hardworking staff of multiple agencies.
"I'm extremely grateful to my staff who worked on this case around the clock to make an arrest. I also want to say thank you to Sheriff Nienhuis and Sheriff McCallum and their staffs for their dedication and commitment to Deanna Stires."
Lt. Brad Smith, who oversees the major crimes unit, explained that other arrests may be made in the case.
"We're continuing our investigation," Smith said. "As you can see by the arrest, this was a complicated situation that involved many different witnesses and locations. Bringing this case to a complete resolution continues to be a priority."
10 News will continue with information on this developing story.