The suspect is also charged with felony counts of sexual assault of a child in Dallas County.
CARROLLTON â" The body of a 16-year-old Carrollton girl has been discovered in the Trinity River in Irving. Franklin B. Davis, 30, is being charged with capital murder and was being held at the Carrollton Municipal Jail on unrelated traffic warrants during the investigation.
Shania Gray was last seen at 4 p.m. Thursday at Hebron High School, and according to Jon Stovall, public information officer for the Carrollton Police Department, Gray was reported missing Friday morning.
"When we started the investigation, we didn't know where she was or if she had left on her own accord," he said. "We were just trying to figure out where she could be. She just moved from Mesquite and we didn't have any background on her or her family. We talked to the Mesquite Police Department and found she had prior reports involving Franklin Davis."
In Dallas County, Davis is charged with felony counts of sexual assault of a child. Gray is the victim listed in the case.
"The prior case was not a Carrollton case as she just moved here and we weren't involved in that," Stovall said. "I don't know how they initially came into contact with each other, but there is a pending felony Dallas County court case where she is the victim and he is the suspect."
After initial reports, Carrollton PD began investigating whether Davis was involved when they discovered the two had been in near-constant contact the day Gray went missing.
"We were looking to see if he was some how connected or if he knew where she was," Stovall said. "We put their phone records together and realized they were together - it showed they were at the same place at the same time and we knew he was connected."
Davis was arrested and taken into CPD custody on unrelated traffic warrants.
"We brought him in and arrested him for that warrant - he had unpaid fines in Fort Worth and Balch Springs. We interviewed him multiple times and then they discovered a body in Irving on Saturday around 4:30 p.m. We realized it was more than likely her, and in the evening on Saturday, Davis told us that he killed her."
Stovall said Davis did not give a clear motive as to why he killed her.
"We can only attempt to speculate," Stovall said. "We know there is a pending case where she is the victim and he is going to trial. He didn't specifically say, but that case has led us to believe that [could be why]."
According to Carrollton PD, Davis told officers he killed Gray shortly after picking her up from school on Thursday.
"They made several contacts before he picked her up," Stovall said. "She got into the car, he drove her down to the park, where he killed her and dumped her body in the [Trinity River]. She was dead within an hour or so after he picked her up from school, according to what Davis is telling us."
Stovall said her body had been in the river for two days before a passerby saw her and notified police. The family of the victim was unaware of any contact between the two, Stovall said.
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