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Suspect charged with murder in killing of missing University of Mississippi student

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Oxford Police Police Department
Jimmie "Jay" Lee was reportedly last seen July 8 at 5:58 a.m. wearing a silver robe or housecoat

By Justin Gamble, CNN

A man was arrested and charged with the murder of 20-year-old University of Mississippi student Jimmie “Jay” Lee, whose remains have not been found since going missing July 8, officials said Friday.

Sheldon Timothy Herrington Jr., 22, was arrested by the Oxford Police Department and the University of Mississippi Police Department. A bond was not set as of Friday, the agencies said in a joint news release.

CNN was unable to determine whether Herrington has obtained an attorney as of Friday.

Oxford police said the investigation is ongoing and has asked for the public’s help in the case.

Lee’s family last week implored anyone with information to come forward.

“If anyone knows anything or sees anything, say something. Contact law enforcement. Just tell them what you know. This is my plea that you help find my child,” Lee’s father Jimmie Lee, Sr. said in a video plea posted online by Oxford police.

Lee’s car was found on July 11 at a local towing company after it was towed from Molly Barr Trails apartment complex in Oxford.

The 2014 black Ford Fusion with a gold racing stripe down the middle of the hood has a license plate “JAYLEE1.” It was taken to the Mississippi State Crime Laboratory for processing, police said at the time.

Police believe Lee was visiting someone who lives in Molly Barr Trails before disappearing July 8 around 5:58 a.m.

In social media posts reviewed by CNN and images released by authorities, although Lee dresses in women’s clothing and makeup in some pictures and videos, Lee writes that he identifies as a gay male.

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CNN’s Camila Moreno-Lizarazo contributed to this report.

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