SHERIFF: Missing five-year-old Aspen Jeter found safe

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Published: Dec. 9, 2022 at 3:31 PM EST
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ORANGEBURG, S.C. (WIS) - The Orangeburg County Sheriff’s Office held a press conference earlier today with an update on the case of 5-year-old Aspen Jeter.

Previously, Aspen was not seen by her family since her mother, Crystal Jumper’s body was discovered in Orangeburg County on Thanksgiving day.

The authorities were alerted to do a welfare check on Jumper at her home when they learned the woman had a child who was missing from the home.

As the search for Aspen began, officials later learned she is unable to speak or walk and must be carried or pushed in a stroller.

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OCSO said Aspen and her father were located in the parking lot of a hospital in Danville, VA.

Officials also say Aspen was found safe and her father was taken into custody by the Danville Police Department around 12:40 p.m.

The department located him with a tip from SLED (South Carolina Law Enforcement Division) about several transactions made by Jeter in the area.

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He was driving a blue 2015 Mazda at the time of his arrest, which investigators say belonged to Jumper.

He was charged with being a fugitive from justice and is currently being held in Virginia pending extradition to South Carolina.

OCSO said Jeter is being charged with murder in the investigation into the death of Aspen’s mother Crystal Jumper but the investigation is ongoing.

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