A 15-year-old boy who was arrested at the Canadian border and is a person of interest in his 53-year-old grandmother’s murder has denied any wrongdoing.
Logan Mott was staying with his grandmother Kristina French at her home in Neptune Beach, Florida last week while his father Eric, a corrections officer, went on vacation with his girlfriend.
The two were reported missing when they neglected to pick the couple up from the airport on Wednesday, and Mr Mott returned to find both his home and his mother’s home ransacked – with several guns missing.
Logan Mott, 15 (left), has vehemently denied any wrongdoing in the death of his 53-year-old grandmother Kristina French (right)
On Thursday, investigators found a body buried in a shallow grave at Mr Mott’s home, which they believe is French’s. That identification is pending an autopsy.
Police who later investigated the scene said they found evidence pointed to ‘possible criminal violence’ in the home.
After her death, police say Logan fled in his grandmother’s 2015 Dodge Dart. Wanted posters for the teenager branded him ‘armed and dangerous’. He was spotted once in Pennsylvania before being arrested Friday evening, at the U.S. border with Canada in Buffalo, New York.
He told officers that he ‘accidentally’ turned onto the Peace Bridge in downtown Buffalo – one of several crossings between the U.S. and Canada. U.S. Customs agents pulled him over and discovered that not only did Logan not have a license to drive, but he also had a warrant out for his arrest in Florida on grand theft auto charges.
‘He didn’t get into Canada. He turned around on the bridge and came back, so the Canadian authorities never saw him. He just turned around on the bridge on his own,’ Aaron E. Bowker, spokesman for the Buffalo field office of U.S. Customs and Border protection said.
Logan and his grandmother were reported missing when they failed to pick his father up at the airport on Wednesday after he went on a vacation with his girlfriend
On Thursday, police found a body buried in Logan’s (right) father’s backyard which they believe to be French (top left). The following day, Logan was arrested at the Canadian border, driving his grandmother’s Dodge Dart (center left)
Logan remains at the Erie County Youth Services Center while he awaits extradition back to Florida on the grand theft auto charge. He has been described as a person of interest in his grandmother’s death, but has not been charged with any crime related to her alleged murder yet.
On Sunday, his lawyer spoke out to ABC News, saying he’s innocent.
‘He adamantly denies any involvement in his grandmother’s death and he’s very upset about it,’ Dominic Saraceno, a lawyer hired by Mott’s family, said.
Saraceno added: ‘My understanding is he has no history of crime, he’s a 9th grade student, he’s a good student, he’s well-liked by his classmates. And the only type of medication that he is on is for juvenile diabetes.’
Logan’s mother, who remarried and lives in Missouri, says she doesn’t believe the allegations against her son.
‘My instinct as a mother is that there was an accident, a diabetic episode, a natural cause, and Logan psychologically broke and was terrified,’ Carrie Campbell-Mott said.
Campbell-Mott said she had last spoken to her son on Sunday, November 19 and had last communicated with French on Tuesday, November 21. When he went missing, she said her son was dependent on insulin and expressed worry that he might not have access to it.
Logan (left) has been labeled a person of interest in his grandmother’s (right) death. He is being held on grand theft auto charges
Campbell-Mott said that her son had had a hard time switching schools recently. But she said she thought these were ‘normal teenage’ problems.
‘He’s had some problems over the last couple of years. It’s just been a tough time for him, transitioning from one school now to high school, and he’s in the early college program, and that’s really intense,’ she said.
She added that he and his grandmother, a therapist who worked with autistic children, got along well.
‘[There] never was an issue between them,’ she said.
Campbell-Mott says she’s made sure that her son is not interviewed until he has a lawyer present.
Logan is pictured above with his father Eric, who he lives with in Florida. His father was on vacation with his girlfriend when his mother died
‘We are relieved he is safe and in custody and we just ask for everyone to give us time to sort out what happened,’ she wrote on Facebook. ‘That no matter what, Logan is our child and we love him and are standing by him to help in any way.’
Meanwhile, a woman who says she was Logan’s ‘caretaker’ when he was nine years old has spoken out to First Coast news, saying she is shocked by the latest allegations.
‘The boy I remember is not capable of anything so horrible,’ Colleen Morris said.
Morris described Logan as well-mannered child who had a father who was strict, but not unreasonable.
‘He and his father did so much together, and they were very active, very sports minded,’ she said.
She said she’s reserving judgement until she hears more information about what happened.
‘Until they prove beyond every shadow of a doubt, I will not believe Logan had anything to do with this,’ she said.