JASPER COUNTY - Investigators believe that the suspect in the fatal shooting of a Silsbee girl was hiding out along the Orange County canal where he fatally shot himself as deputies approached.
Jasper County deputies were led to where Paul Adams Jr., 19, of Vidor, had set up a tent along the banks of a canal along FM 1135 in Orange County when they pinged his mobile phone according to Jasper County Sheriff Mitchell Newman.
When deputies searched Adam's tent and car they found several items, some of which had been purchased at Walmart on September 28, including a hatchet, machetes, eight pairs of handcuffs, chains, a burlap sack, ropes, barbell weights, duck tape, bottled water, a water purifier and other camping equipment according to Newman.
An undisclosed amount of cash was also found at the scene of Adams' suicide.
Deputies are waiting on test results to confirm their belief that Adams used the same .22 handgun to kill himself and kill the 14-year-old Dilley by shooting her twice in the head according to Newman.
The Jasper County Sheriff's Office is being assisted by the Texas Rangers with the case and is still awaiting autopsy results in the case.
Investigators still don't have a motive for the murder of Dilley and are afraid they may never have one.
Deputies discovered text and Facebook messages between Dilley and the suspect's phone number on her phone while investigating.
The two texted each other the afternoon of Dilley's death with Adams asking if her mother had left and later saying he was on his way and would "be there" in 30 minutes according to Newman.
Dilley's father, Phillip Dilley, of Silsbee, told 12News that he is in shock and still trying to cope with his daughter's murder.
He told 12News that he fears that Adams had been planning to kill and get rid of his daughter.
Dilley also said that the week before his daughter's death her step-mother's purse, containing $600 in cash, was stolen from their Silsbee home.
Dilley said he later found his wife's empty wallet on their property.
Adams had been introduced to Dilley by her older sister who later found out the two had been talking on the phone according to Jasper County Sheriff Mitchell Newman.
The sister then advised Adams to stay away from Dilley because she was too young for him according to Newman.
Dilley had told her family that she had been talking to a 16-year-old Newman told 12News.
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