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Suspect in Silsbee girl's killing identified as 19-year-old Vidor man

Jasper County Sheriff Mitchel Newman said the suspect was the girl's 19-year-old boyfriend, who has now been identified by Deputy Glenn Blank as Paul Audrey Adams, of Vidor. (KFDM/Fox 4 photo)

Funeral services have now been set for a 14-year-old Silsbee girl who was killed in an apparent murder-suicide over the weekend. Meanwhile, law enforcement officials have now released the name of the dead suspect.

Jasper County Sheriff Mitchel Newman said that Tristan Hope Dilley was found dead Sunday evening on the second floor of her mother’s home on County Road 784, just south of Buna. Newman said it appeared that Dilley died from a single gunshot wound from a small caliber rifle.

The Jasper County Sheriff’s Department says the man believed to be responsible for the girl's death was found dead Monday in Orange County as the result of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Newman said the suspect was the girl's 19-year-old boyfriend, who has now been identified by Deputy Glenn Blank as Paul Audrey Adams, of Vidor.

Newman said a cellphone company traced Adams’ phone, which led deputies to his location. Newman said Adams was found dead at about noon Monday next to a canal on Farm to Market Road 1135, just south of Interstate 10 and just east of Vidor.

Newman said it appeared that Adams died as the result of a self-inflicted gunshot wound. He was pronounced dead at the scene by Orange County Justice of the Peace Derry Dunn.

Funeral services for Tristan Dilley will be held on Saturday at 2 p.m. at Adams EE Stringer Funeral Home in Buna with visitation beginning at noon at the funeral home.

Tristan was a former resident of Buna, and at the time of her death she was a freshman at Silsbee High School where she was a cheerleader and active in various sports.


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