Cops Don’t Believe 15-Year-Old Girl Was Complicit in ‘Catfish’ Triple-Murder
Cops Don’t Believe
15-Year-Old Was Complicit in Family’s Killing
11/29/2022 11: 45 AM PT
Cops investigating the murder of a 15-year-old girl’s grandparents and mother don’t believe the teen was complicit in their killings in a stunning catfishing case … and are urging other possible victims of the man responsible to come forward.
Riverside PD Officer Ryan Railsback tells TMZ his department has no reason to believe the publicly unidentified teen who came into contact with Austin Lee Edwards last week is anything other than a victim at this time given her age and the evidence they’ve gathered.
RPD will not yet tell if the teen was abducted, or if they went voluntarily with Edwards because they don’t have enough information.
As for Edwards, a Virginia cop who is said to have driven across-country to meet the girl, Railsback doesn’t believe it was his first catfishing-type crime.
We were told by the cops that they believe there may be a pattern in his behavior that could help to explain it. They are now looking into any digital fingerprints he might have left on his computer, phone, or social media accounts.
At the moment, cops don’t know what caused Edwards to kill his family and set fire to their home.
Edwards was involved in a shootout with cops Friday after a 911 call came in about a distressed teen in his car … he was killed in the gunfire, and the teen was uninjured.
Autopsy results regarding the cause of death of the girl’s grandmother and mother have not been released yet.
Railsback says they’re not aware of any evidence of troubling behavior by Edwards from his previous police station employers.
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