An 18-year-old has reportedly confessed to murdering and raping homeless woman in Baltimore after her body was found behind a pile of wood pallets on the morning of Sept. 13.
Police charged James Arthur House with 12 criminal counts that include first- and second-degree murder, first- and second-degree rape, sex offenses, perverted practice, assault and reckless endangerment, reports The Baltimore Sun.
"His confession was complete," Baltimore City Police Commissioner Kevin Davis said, according to the Daily Mail. "Very sad. Our victim was sexually assaulted in a most brutal way."
Officials believe House strangled 35-year-old Jessica Gibson and then continued to defile her dead body.
"The state's attorney's office wants to include all the relevant offenses that occurred and the perverted practice more than likely was for the sex offenses that were committed on our victim after she was dead," Davis said, according to WMAR.
After Gibson's body was found, police released two videos of a man believed to be House. One person recognized him and called the police station. House himself later reportedly called 911 after he saw his picture on social media.
"A citizen was able to step forward and help us identify the suspect in this case so we're very, very grateful for that citizen stepping forward and very happy that we had this video that we can solve this heinous crime," said Davis.
Investigators believe House and Gibson knew each other in some capacity before the homeless woman was killed, although the exact relationship is unknown.
Video shows the pair together, having a conversation, but it does not show the actual attack, police spokesman T.J. Smith told The Baltimore Sun.
House has no previous criminal record. House, who did not have a lawyer listed in court records, is being held without bail
"She had some of life's issues going on," said Smith. "Of course, that doesn't make her any less of a victim."
Gibson, who was 35, leaves behind four children who "are crushed and will forever miss their mother," Amy Heath, a relative, wrote on a GoFundMe page that is attempting to raise enough money for her cremation.
"She was a great person that was hurting deeply," wrote Heath. "Jessica is now free of suffering, free of any pain and she is now resting with the Lord and her Parents. Her life was cut way [too] short in her early 30's.We are very saddened and my heart aches for her surviving children."
In six days the page had raised $1,650 of its $3,500 goal.