JONES COUNTY, MS (WDAM) - Leah Bishop, 44, is being held on a $1 million bond and is charged with capital murder in the death of Jessie Traylor, 65, of Tupelo, according to WTVA. On Friday afternoon, she made a initial appearance in Lee County Justice Court.
Law enforcement across Mississippi spent Thursday looking for a Tupelo woman accused of killing a man and fleeing in his vehicle.
At around 3 p.m., officials discovered she was behind bars the entire time in Louisiana. Officials returned Bishop to Tupelo Friday afternoon.
According to Franklin Sheriff Kevin Cobb, Leah Bishop, 44, was arrested at 2 a.m. for a suspended driver's license.
The search for Bishop all came about after she allegedly made a phone call Wednesday at around 7 p.m.
According to Laurel Police Department Captain Tommy Cox, a 911 call was received.
Cox said a woman called needing police at the Veterans Memorial Museum located on Hillcrest Drive.
"Our officers went to the scene and they found a letter stuck in the front door of the museum," Cox said. "It was a large Manila envelope that had multiple pages in there. After they looked at it and read it, it indicated there had been a possible murder
in another jurisdiction and the person who wrote the letter was a suicide threat."
Cox said the letters, which appear to be written by Bishop, provided a Tupelo address. He said they immediately contacted the Tupelo Police Department.
"They went and did find a body at a location there," Cox said.
He said the letter has now been turned over to the Tupelo Police Department.
Tupelo Chief Bart Aguirre said the letter explained how Bishop killed Jessie Traylor, 65.
The victim is believed to be someone Bishop would take care of. So far there is no motive to the crime. The body of the victim was sent off for an autopsy.
Sheriff Cobb said Bishop will remain in the Franklin Parish jail for now. He said the department was fortunate to have found her when they did.