TerriLynn St. John Update: Alvin Keyser Arrested After Missing Woman's Body Found

Police desperately search for a young mother who mysteriously disappeared from her own front yard

Police desperately search for a young mother who mysteriously disappeared from her own front yard

A 23-year-old man was charged with the murder of Middlesex mother TerriLynn St. John, hours after he led detectives to her body, reports CBS affiliate WTVR. "Miss St. John had a boyfriend at the time".

St. John's disappearance was discovered after he failed to show for work on Tuesday morning. He has been charged with first-degree murder along with hide or alter of a dead body.

Keyser, 21, was arrested Thursday and charged with first-degree murder and concealing a dead body in connection to the St. John's killing.

Deputies told FOX 5 it was too early to tell if St. John had been abducted and that their investigation was now being treated as a missing person's case with suspicious circumstances.

"The closure on this is not good closure, but it is closure", said Middlesex Sheriff's Major Michael Sampson said, according to the station.

Authorities detained Alvin B. Keyser, 23, after they became alerted to an incriminating social media post he made.

They also discovered a broken necklace and her cell phone in the yard, leading them to believe a struggle took place outside the home. Keyser allegedly told authorities St. John hit him and he hit her back, he pushed her out of the van and got out and strangled her until she stopped breathing.

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In the surrounding community, students and staff in the Mount Pleasant school district were told not to leave nine buildings. Rick Snyder said he has been in contact with local police to "determine what has occurred at Central Michigan University ".

Following the discovery of the body, St. John's family and boyfriend set up a GoFundMe account to cover the funeral expenses.

Keyser has been refused bail at Middle Peninsula Regional Security Center and is due to appear in court on March 5. Her two children - ages 1 and 3 - were found alone inside.

At a press conference Thursday, the sheriff's office said more charges could be filed and more persons of interest will be interviewed.

Her cellphone was found in the bushes outside her house and a broken necklace was found in the yard of the home. Deputies were notified of her disappearance by a family member around 10:30 a.m. that same day, as other relatives grew concerned that her vehicle was still in the driveway.

He said Keyser was not one of the four persons of interests in the case from whom authorities took DNA samples to analyze Wednesday. The Middlesex Sheriff's Office searched on foot covering numerous miles of terrain around the residence.

That evidence was sent to the crime lab in Richmond where it is being tested.

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