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Man Confesses To Friend's Murder And Disappearance

| by Reve Fisher

A Michigan man admitted the role he played in the disappearance and murder of a friend.

Jordan McClanahan, 23, of Hazel Park, Michigan, surrendered to police after killing 21-year-old Jessica Leigh White, a longtime friend of his.

Jessica had been the subject of a search after she went missing while visiting Jordan on April 23. At the time, the suspect told detectives Jessica went to visit someone in the 7 Mile and John R area of Detroit, and assisted authorities in searching for her, according to WJBK.

"It's disturbing to know that this gentleman was assisting the family in attempting to locate a person that he knew [was dead]," Hazel Park Police Chief Martin Barner said, according to the Detroit Free Press. "We know they have been friends since grade school."

Although police had visited Jordan’s house twice, Jessica’s body was not found until the third visit to his home, as noted by The Detroit News.

"Her body was found in an enclosed attic with only one access door, which was in his attached bedroom,” Barner said. "The door was concealed by a desk."

Karen White, Jessica’s mother, is coming to terms with her daughter's death. After receiving an "awkward" text from Jessica, Karen was suspicious of Jordan and the events that occurred in his house that night.

"But I knew something was wrong, and I knew something had happened in that house," she said.

An autopsy conducted by the Oakland County Medical Examiner’s Office ruled Jessica’s death to be a homicide caused by "strangulation by ligature."

Michael McClanahan, Jordan’s father, alleged he did not know Jessica’s body was inside the house, as reported by Detroit Free Press.

"It’s as new to us as it is to everybody else," the father said. "I'm just so sorry for the family. … It’s just a shock."

Barner is seeking felony murder charges for Jordan, who remains in custody.

Neighbors were deeply surprised to hear about the incident, as Jordan had been seen casually passing through the neighborhood soon after the murder was believed to have occurred.

"I am in so much disbelief," said Patricia Tavormina, who lives down the street. "I would never have thought something like that would have come from that family."

Sources: Detroit Free Press, WJBK, The Detroit News / Photo credit: WJBK

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