- Associated Press - Saturday, December 19, 2015

NEW LLANO, La. (AP) - A Vernon Parish man is jailed on murder charges after authorities found the bodies of his missing fiancée and her nine-year-old son.

Sheriff Sam Craft says the body of Misty Marshall was found Thursday in a wooded area near New Llano, while the body of her son, Day-Min, was found near Marshall’s residence about 20 miles away in Simpson.

“I wish we had a better outcome, but we don’t,” Craft told KALB-TV Friday. “Early on in this investigation you kind of start to feel that the outcome is not going to be very good.”

The sheriff said that deputies’ investigation, combined with tips, led searchers to the bodies. Investigators didn’t say what caused the deaths.

Deputies arrested Matthew Dotson at his mother’s house and charged him Friday with one count of first degree murder. He had been a suspect throughout the investigation.

“I strongly believe that additional charges are pending against Dotson but, we wanted to get him off of the streets as soon as possible,” Craft said in a statement.

A judge set $2 million bail Friday and Dotson remained in the Vernon Parish Jail Saturday.

Family members reported Marshall and her three children missing on Dec. 4, saying they hadn’t seen them since before Thanksgiving.

Deputies later located both 14-year-old Jasmine Moses and 2-year-old Zinlee Dotson alive with friends or relatives of Dotson. Craft said Zinlee’s father is Matthew Dotson.

“We were able to find those two and get them back with their actual, biological family members,” Craft said.

The sheriff said he believes the mother and son were killed in late November, before family members reported them missing

Craft’s office said family members of Misty Marshall were declining comment.

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