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Standard man, 26, charged in teen's death

Pair met online, Putnam County sheriff says

SPRING VALLEY — A 26-year-old Standard man who investigators say stabbed a 16-year-old Spring Valley girl he met online is being held on $1 million bond, charged with concealing her death, the Putnam County sheriff said Tuesday morning.

More charges will be filed against Richard A. Henderson once the investigation progresses, Sheriff Kevin Doyle said at a news conference at Spring Valley Police Department.

Diamond Bradley last was seen by her family the evening of Jan. 23; she was reported missing the next morning. Her body was found Jan. 27 alongside 850th North Road in Putnam County, stabbed multiple times.

Investigators think Henderson picked the teen up near her home between 6:30 and 7:30 a.m. Jan. 24, drove to the spot where her body was found, and killed her after an altercation, Doyle said.

The exact nature of their relationship and Henderson’s past still are being investigated, Spring Valley Police Chief Kevin Sangston said at the news conference.

The two met online, Doyle said; he did not specify a website.

Henderson was arrested Monday after being interviewed at the police station. Tips, interviews, surveillance cameras and pings from Diamond’s cellphone link him to her death, Doyle said.

His preliminary hearing is Feb. 15; a public defender has been appointed.

Officials are waiting for several reports to be completed and there still is a lot of work to do to obtain a conviction, but investigators are confident they’ve arrested the man responsible, Doyle said.

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