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Texas man not yet charged in Vinton woman's death

Last Modified: Tuesday, February 19, 2013 10:41 AM

By Johnathan Manning / American Press

A Texas man sought in connection with the death of a Vinton woman has not yet been charged, a Texas law enforcement official said Monday.

Joshua Latham, 27, is being held on a felony probation violation, said Capt. Cliff Hargrave, with Orange Police Department.

Latham was arrested Thursday in Maryville, Tenn.

He was sought in connection with the disappearance of 41-year-old Tami Diane Higginbotham. Police said Latham and Higginbotham met in Orange on Feb. 8, so Higginbotham could sell him a cell phone.

Her body was found Friday. The Beaumont Enterprise reported that Latham told Orange police where to find the body — it was discovered near a hunting lease north of Mauriceville, Texas.

An autopsy was performed Saturday, but authorities are still waiting on results.

Latham was on probation for burglary of a habitation, Hargrave said.

Higginbotham was reported missing on Feb. 9 by her sister.

Because the body was not discovered inside Orange’s city limits, the case has been turned over to the Newton County Sheriff’s Office, Hargrave said.

The person who answered the phone at the office said Sheriff Eddie Shannon was out of the office Monday and unavailable for comment.

Hargrave said Higginbotham had known Latham “through mutual friends” for about a week prior to going missing.

Latham was arrested at his brother’s house.

“(Local Authorities) went and checked his dad’s house,” in Maryville, Hargrave said. “He wasn’t there so they went to his brother’s and found him.”

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