Margarita L. White, the mother of Tyler Joseph “TJ” Caudill, age six, has been arrested and charged with Caudill’s murder, according a news release from Portsmouth Police Chief Robert Ware. Caudill’s remains were located in the 1500 block of Mabert Rd., in Portsmouth.
In a news release Monday afternoon, Ware stated the body of Caudill has been sent to the Montgomery County Morgue in Dayton, Ohio for positive identification and autopsy, and the investigation has lead to the arrest of White and Douglas Lee Hunt, the boyfriend of White.
According to Ware, Caudill had not been seen by paternal family members since June of 2016 amid frequent moves around the tri-state area by the mother, Margarita L. White. Family members believing that White was in the Portsmouth area filed an official missing child report with the PPD on Nov. 6, 2016.
“With the assistance of multiple agencies, investigators from the Portsmouth Police Department and the Scioto County Sheriff’s Office were able to locate White and serve a warrant for her arrest that had been filed by Scioto County Juvenile Court for failure to enroll TJ in school. During the interview, White told investigators that TJ was deceased and 25 year old White led officers to the location of remains. White was served a warrant this morning charging her with murder,” he said.
Hunt was located Sunday night, according to Ware.
“Hunt, the boyfriend of White, was located in Portsmouth around 11 p.m., Sunday night after being involved in an altercation (of unknown origin). He (Hunt) was treated at Southern Ohio Medical Center and later transferred to Cabell Huntington Hospital for additional treatment,” he said. “Upon discharge this morning, Hunt was taken into custody by the Huntington Police Department and appeared before a Magistrate, where he refused to waive extradition. He has been jailed awaiting an extradition hearing. Once he is extradited back to Ohio he will face a murder charge.”
An ongoing investigation is being conducted by PPD. The Daily Times will update information regarding the case as it becomes available.
Reach Portia Williams at 740-464-3862, or on Twitter @PortiaWillPDT.