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What we know about Thomas Teets, suspect in missing woman's death

1) Thomas Teets, the suspect in Leah Owens’ homicide, is from the town of Dawson in Fayette County.

2) Teets is charged with criminal homicide, aggravated assault, robbery, abuse of a corpse and tampering/fabricating physical evidence in connection with Owen’s death.


3) The last time Leah Owens’ family saw her, she was with Thomas Teets at the Mt. Pleasant Walmart. He was driving Owens vehicle, according to a criminal complaint.

4) Teets was seen driving Owens’ SUV days after her disappearance, according to a criminal complaint.

5) Teets’ stepfather told police that on Sept. 15, Teets returned home driving Owens’ SUV. His shirt was off, wrapped around his hand, and he was covered in blood, his stepfather said.

6) A criminal complaint states that Teets' blood was found on the passengers' side door of Owens' SUV and on a knife that also had Owens' blood on it.


7) Teets' mother told police that he admitted to her that he killed Leah Owens, but said it was in self-defense.

8) According to online court records, Teets has faced numerous charges dating back to 2006 including drug charges, burglary, criminal mischief, trespassing, retail theft, driving under the influence, driving on a suspended/revoked license and speeding.