Texas police continue to search for a missing 16-year-old girl after detaining her boyfriend as a person of interest in the killings of her mom and sister

By Chris Harris
November 10, 2016 01:43 PM
Credit: Baytown Cops

Police in Texas continue their search for a missing 16-year-old girl after detaining her 21-year-old boyfriend as a person of interest in the killings of both her mother and her younger sister, PEOPLE confirms.

Jesse Dobbs was apprehended on Wednesday in Texas City, Texas — more than 40 miles from Baytown, Texas, where the lifeless bodies of Cynthia Morris, 37, and her 13-year-old daughter, Breanna Pavilicek, were found Monday morning, according to a statement from investigators.

Mom and daughter were shot dead, according to KTRK.

Police allege Dobbs has refused to cooperate with their investigation into the double slaying. He also allegedly isn’t talking to police about the whereabouts of Morris’ other daughter, Kirsten Fritch, who he was dating.

“They were so young, and they didn’t deserve this,” Morris’ mother told KTRK.

An ex-girlfriend of Dobbs, who is the mother of his children, also spoke out to the station: “I hope the family gets justice,” she said. “My heart is aching for the family and the missing girl.”

Kirsten Fritch

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Officials have yet to confirm how Morris and Breanna were killed, but they confirmed police had been dispatched to Morris’ home early that morning after receiving calls from a family member concerned that the single mother failed to show up for work.

Dobbs is being held on a resisting arrest charge for allegedly struggling with the Texas City officers who detained him.

Police found Morris’ car not far from where Dobbs was arrested. An AMBER Alert remains in effect for Fritch.

“Baytown detectives are actively investigating and searching in the Texas City area for the 16-year-old,” the statement reads.

It is unclear if Morris has retained an attorney or is being held on bond. He has not entered a plea to the resisting arrest charge.