Police in New York have arrested a man suspected of killing the newspaper’s reporter and kidnapping her in a raid on a home.
The FBI said on Friday that they were still searching for the suspect, who was wanted for allegedly murdering the Times’ publisher.
They identified him as Joseph C. Cottrell, 20, of North Carolina, and said he was being sought in connection with a murder of a Times employee and the kidnapping of the New York reporter.
The woman’s body was found on a wooded area on the city’s East Side about 9 p.m. on Friday.
It was found in a nearby field, police said.
Cottrell is accused of shooting her twice in the head and leaving her body on a grassy area in a wood near a house.
Cotrell was arrested Friday and booked into the North Carolina Correctional Institution in Columbia, the bureau said in a statement.
The Times confirmed the arrest on Saturday.COTTONCLIFF’S CIRCLE, NEW YORK TIMES’ PROPERTY AND POSSESSION OF AN INCREDIBLE MURDERING MATERIAL, BY JOHN D. HANSON, JOHNNY JOHNSON, DARREN E. KENNEDY, AND ANTHONY M. SCHEER, DECEMBER 3, 2017A search warrant affidavit said that Cottrill confessed to the crime, saying he shot the woman after she had “misled” him about the murder of his girlfriend, according to a copy of the affidavit obtained by ABC News.
He said he later got the weapon from his girlfriend and “used it to shoot her.”
Cottrill has a lengthy criminal history, including convictions for weapons offenses and forgery, the affidavit said.
He is being held without bond at the North Charleston Correctional Institution, the Associated Press reported.
Authorities searched a residence in North Charleston, South Carolina, early Saturday and arrested a 19-year-old suspect, according the AP.
He was charged with first-degree murder, attempted murder and criminal possession of an assault weapon.
He has been held in custody without bail, according a news release from the Northampton County Sheriff’s Office.
The FBI said in the statement that Cotrell “is a suspect in a homicide investigation.”
The AP identified the victim as Jessica Reitman, a reporter who worked for the Times and the Times Union.ABC News’ Emily M. Brown, David P. Messer, Alexia Garcia-Flores and Paul DiCicco contributed to this report.