The body of the 15-year-old daughter of an anti-violence activist in New Jersey was found in a wooded area in South Carolina on Thursday, authorities said.
Sana Amenhotep, the daughter of Sharif Malik Amenhotep, a member of the Newark Brick City peace team, was found in Lexington County after a nearly three-week search, officials said.
Amenhotep announced the death of his daughter in a Facebook post.
“My first heir Sanaa Mahari Amenhotep I can’t believe she left us, you broke the hearts of my whole family the pain that will never be the same,” he wrote.
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“Harry I’m sorry, Princess, for not protecting you. I promise you will never leave your heart or mind. We value all 15 years of your life. I spent with me. I would lay down my life for you. Mom and Grandma took you I took Sade and the other sisters and brothers I love so much, “he wrote in a subsequent post.
A 17-year-old man has been arrested and charged with kidnapping, and authorities are looking for Treveon Jamar Nelson, who is expected to be charged with the same.
Richland County Sheriff Leon Lot said Amenhotep had been missing since April 5 after leaving his home in Colombia, South Korea. She left with two men “probably voluntarily” before becoming a kidnapper, he said.
“I told my parents we were going to bring her home and we did,” Lot told reporters. “Unfortunately, we didn’t take her home the way we all prayed and wanted to be able to.”
The sheriff called on Nelson to surrender, saying “he can’t run and hide.”
“We need him,” he said. “He needs to be arrested and arrested very quickly.”
Lot said he had “gang-related” activity related to the case, but declined to elaborate.
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In a statement, Newark Mayor Ras Baraka expressed his condolences.
“On behalf of the people of Newark, I would like to express my sincere condolences to Sharif Malik Amenhotep for the tragic loss of his beautiful and intelligent black daughter, Sana Amenhotep, who was abducted and killed in South Carolina,” he said. “No parent should ever bury their child. It’s an inexplicable loss that goes against the imagination.”