Jarred Harrell Arrested as Person of Interest in the Murder of 7 Year Old Somer Thompson


24 year old Jarred Harrell has been arrested in Meridian, Mississippi as a “person of interest” in the death and murder of 7 year old Somer Thompson.Harrell was arrested on 29 charges of possession of child pornography. Harrell is being held on one million dollar bond.


Jarred Mitchell Harrell

Authorities are calling Harrell a POI in the kidnapping and killing of Somer Thompson, the 7 year old Florida girl whose body was found in a landfill after she vanished on her way home from school. Jared Harrell lived at a home on 1152 Gano Avenue in Orange Park, FL just a few feet from where Somer Thompson was last spotted. He moved out a few weeks after Thompson’s murder.

According to accounts, Jarred Harrell previously lived in the same neighborhood as Somer Thompson.

Clay County Sheriff Rick Beseler said a man who had lived in the girl’s neighborhood was arrested in Mississippi Thursday on 29 charges of possession of child pornography. The man, Jarred Harrell, 24, has not been charged in the death of 7-year-old Somer Thompson.

Harrell, who was arrested in Meridian, Miss., had lived until recently in a home near Somer Thompson’s. Authorities were searched that house Thursday. Deputies and an FBI forensics team were seen searching its front yard with rakes and shovels

Beseler, who announced the arrest during an evening news conference


Justice for Somer Thompson

Harrell was arrested by U.S. Marshals Thursday morning in Meridian, Mississippi.

Authorities are searching two homes in Lauderdale County, Mississippi and in Calahan, Florida, respectively.   A search conducted on Thursday morning at 1152 Gano Avenue in Orange Park, where Harrell formerly resided, has already yielded evidence which led authorities to name him as a person of interest in the case. Harrell is being held on a $1 million bond.

According to Harrell’s arrest report in August 2009,  he was kicked out of an Orange Park apartment after a roommate thought he had stolen a cell phone.

Harrell left behind a computer, and the roommates said they searched it because they thought Harrell had been using it to look at child porn, the report says. The roommates said they did find porn involving young girls and turned the computer and discs over to the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office on Aug. 10. The materials were sent to state investigators, who confirmed the contents.

Posted February 12, 2010 by
Arrest, Child Welfare, Crime | 7 comments

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  • Comments

    7 Responses to “Jarred Harrell Arrested as Person of Interest in the Murder of 7 Year Old Somer Thompson”

    1. Michelle on February 12th, 2010 10:12 am

      This sick bastard needs to be put 6 feet under.

    2. david r on February 12th, 2010 10:42 am

      String him up.

    3. david davis on February 12th, 2010 10:47 pm

      i was wondering what this deprived greasy sh88 would look like ;if found guilty he should be burried alive

    4. Mike S. on February 13th, 2010 9:36 pm

      You need to watch this video and you’ll see the vigil at 1:16 into the video and see the “SICKO” was there in the brown coat looking around all suspicious and guilty in it .. Heres the link http://us.cnn.com/video/?/video/crime/2009/10/22/sot.girl.dead.mother.wjxt Then go to this link and compare the pics and tell me if this is him or not …Sure looks it to me from the side view here … http://us.cnn.com/video/?/video/crime/2009/10/22/sot.girl.dead.mother.wjxt

    5. DT on February 14th, 2010 2:47 pm

      Mike S. I viewed the links, however for some reason the 2nd link is the same as the first. Thanks for this observation. After viewing I also think that this is Harrell as well. HMMMMM

    6. Jessica C. on March 27th, 2010 8:42 am

      I hope the family can have peace now. That man needs to spend a loooong time in prison with a very large, stinking, rapist attitude cell mate with lots of rapist attitude friends.

    7. Jarred Harrell Charged with Murder in the Case of 7 Year Old Somer Thompson | Scared Monkeys on March 27th, 2010 9:48 am

      [...] arrested this dirt bag in Mississippi on child pornography charges in Florida. Harrell was charged with 29 counts of possessing child pornography in Florida, then charged with a dozen additional counts of child porn and child [...]

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