Arrest made after body found near Pinellas Trail

Clearwater, Florida -- Clearwater Police say they have arrested a man in connection to the death of a woman whose body was found near the Pinellas Trail over the weekend.

18-year-old Dewayne Xavier Jones is charged with first degree murder in the slaying of Lydia Tross. Tross' body was found Saturday in a grassy ditch west of the Trail and north of Fairmont street.

READ: Dewayne Jones' arrest affidavit (PDF)

Tross had not been seen since leaving her home on the morning of August 5th.

Police believe robbery was the motive in Tross' death.

Detectives say they became aware of Jones' involvement in the case when a family member of his found property belonging to Tross in the teen's possession. That family member then called police.

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Just last month, Jones was arrested by the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office on drug charges. He was arrested July 19 on charges of possession of cocaine, possession of marijuana and obstructing or resisting an officer without violence. Jones was released on bond two days later.

Even though Jones is in custody, detectives still are asking for the public's help in the case. Anyone with information in the Tross slaying should call police at 727-562-4242 or email tips@myclearwater.com.


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