HAZEL PARK, MI – Jordan McClanahan walked into the Troy Police Department on Tuesday night, May 3rd, 2016, where he let authorities know where they could find the body of the missing 21-year-old Troy woman.
The suspect told detectives Jessica White’s body could be found in the attic of his home. White had been missing since Saturday, April 23rd, 2016.
Hazel Park and Troy police had visited the home twice before being told where they could find the woman’s body, including a search of the house, but found nothing.
Hazel Park police said the suspect admitted he had White’s body stored in an attic space connected to his bedroom. Police said the homeowner, McClanahan’s father, originally denied that he or his son knew White.
Karen Black, Jessica White’s mother, has stated her daughter was not romantically involved with McClanahan.
Jordan McClanahan, 23-years-old, of Hazel Park, had known White since grade school, according to family. Photos of White and McClanahan together can be seen on his Facebook page.
After police located the woman’s body they told family members that she was unrecognizable. Jessica was strangled to death. It is unclear at this time why.
Jessica White had gone out with a friend Friday evening, April 22nd, 2016. That was the last time her family has spoken to or seen her. White texted her mother early that Saturday morning while visiting a McClanahan’s house in Hazel Park but had not responded to any phone calls since then.
McClanahan is expected to face murder charges. The suspect is not expected to be formally charged until Thursday. If convicted, he could spend the rest of his life behind bars.
A GoFundMe account for funeral expenses and a memorial account at Citizen’s Bank in Troy on Big Beaver have been established. The fund is called the Jessica Leigh White Memorial Fund.