Missing teen Kirsten Fritch’s body recovered in Texas City, suspect in police custody

Authorities in the Houston area say they are confident the body of a female recovered in Texas City is that of 16-year-old Kirsten Fritch. Fritch was the subject of an Amber Alert issued Tuesday.

The Amber Alert was discontinued Thursday afternoon after a body was found on the northeast edge of a wooded area behind Shenanigan’s bar in Texas City.

Jesse Dobbs, 21, reportedly Kirsten’s boyfriend was taken into custody in Texas City Tuesday. He is a person of interest in the shooting deaths of Kirsten’s mother, Cynthia Morris, 37, and thirteen-year-old sister Breanna Pavlicek.

According to a press release from the Baytown Police Department, at approximately 9:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dobbs and the PT Cruiser described in the Amber Alert, which belonged to Kirsten’s mother, were found in Texas City. Dobbs was found by Texas City Police at a bar and the vehicle was located in an apartment complex parking lot across the street from the bar.

Kirsten, however, was nowhere to be found. When police attempted to detain Dobbs, he resisted and was ultimately arrested and charged with resisting arrest detention and booked into the Texas City Jail.

Baytown detectives tried to interview Dobbs about the murders, but he refused to offer any details about the deaths of Cynthia and Breanna, or Kirsten’s whereabouts.

Wednesday, detectives from the Baytown Police Department, Texas City Police Department, Texas Department of Public Safety as well as K-9 teams from Alpha Search and Rescue searched the area around the bar for Kirsten until darkness hampered their efforts. On Thursday, detectives requested the assistance of Texas Equisearch in searching the area again, in an effort to broaden the scope of the search.

At approximately 12:40 p.m., search teams from Texas Equisearch found the body of 16-year-old Kirsten Fritch in a wooded area north of the bar, an area that had not yet been searched.

At the time of the release, no charges had been filed on Dobbs in connection with the murders, but he is currently considered a suspect in both the murder of Kirsten and the murders of her mother and sister in Baytown. He remains in the Galveston County Jail on the resisting arrest charge.

Baytown detectives are working in cooperation with Texas City detectives and the Galveston County District Attorney’s Office as they continue the investigation into Kirsten’s murder. Detectives are also continuing their investigation into the murders of Cynthia and Breanna and believe they are connected.

A motive for the murders has yet to be determined, the release said, as Dobbs continues to refuse to cooperate with detectives.

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