UPDATE | Judge denies bond for Tanya Tripp in enlightening hearing

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Friday, June 16, 2017

Leon Tripp (left) and Tanya Tripp (right)

6:45 p.m.

AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW/WAGT) The courtroom fell completely silent as Tanya Tripp shuffled in with chains on her hands before a judge.

Inside the courtroom District Attorney Natalie Paine reveals new details surrounding the disappearance of Tanya Tripp's daughter 16-year-old daughter Janell Carwell.

The first revealing Tripp's husband was the one to admit to investigators Janell is dead.

"We now know have confirmed via statement , and this is from Mr. Tripp, that Janell is not alive," said Augusta-Richmond County District Attorney Natalie Paine.

District Attorney Paine told the judge Leon Tripp also acknowledges he never went to Clarks Hill the night of Janell's disappearance, contrary to what Tanya Tripp told investigators.

District Attorney Paine went on to poke more holes in Tripp's claims she wasn't in contact with her husband while her daughter was missing.

"We have now confirmed that is now a lie. They were in regular contact via cell phone records for an extended amount of time prior to Mr. Tripp's arrest," said District Attorney Paine.

The state believes Tripp came back to Augusta several times over the last 2 months.

"I would also state that Mrs. Tripp would have facilitated Leon Tripp being transferred back to Atlanta during this time frame that Janell has been missing," said District Attorney Paine.

Despite the holes in the story filling up investigators have, so far, come up short of finding the teenager's remains.

"We have not recovered the body of Janell Carwell at this time. We do believe Mrs. Tripp has substantial risk of tampering with evidence," said District Attorney Paine.

1:30 p.m.

RICHMOND COUNTY, Ga. (WRDW/WAGT) -- Investigators are out searching on Old McDuffie Road in hopes of finding the body of Janell Carwell.

Richmond County's Criminal Investigation Division along with the Columbia County Coroner's Office are assisting in the search.

Earlier Friday, Tanya Tripp sat silently in the courtroom as her public defender and District Attorney Natalie Paine argued whether she should be given bond. In the end, a judge denied bond for Tripp.



10:20 a.m.

AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW/WAGT) -- Tanya Tripp sat silently in the courtroom as her public defender and District Attorney Natalie Paine argued whether she should be given bond. In the end, a judge denied bond for Tripp.

New details were released during the hearing from DA Paine. It was confirmed through phone records that Leon Tripp never went to Clarks Hill to help a friend with Janell Carwell the night she went missing. Leon Tripp traveled back and forth to Atlanta multiple times during Carwell's disappearance.

Further statements showed that Tanya Tripp was in regular, extensive contact with Leon Tripp before he was arrested.

When Tanya Tripp was found and arrested with a U-Haul in Atlanta, Janell's 7-year-old sister was with her. DA Paine stated that the child was found with no belongings with her when they arrested Leon and Tanya.

Leon Tripp further gave a statement to investigators that Janell Carwell is not alive. Both Leon and Tanya have not been forthcoming on where her remains are.

DA Paine said they feared that Janell's sister would be released back to Tanya Tripp if she was released on bond, and was adamantly opposed to her receiving bond.

Public Defender Kelly Williamson who represented Tanya Tripp argued that Tanya Tripp had no prior record, and asked the court to set a reasonable bond because she was not charged with murder. DA Paine stated that investigators are looking at additional charges for Tanya Tripp.

Investigators still have not found Janell Carwell's body through extensive searches, even though they believe her to be dead.

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UPDATE | Community holds sheriff approved search for 16-year-old Janell Carwell

Thursday June 15, 2017 News 12 NBC 26 / June 15, 2017 AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW/WAGT) -- While yesterday investigators told the community to stay away from the search, today, the community re-traced investigators steps. "She is Augusta's own," said Pastor Angela Harden.