A suspect has been arrested in the murder of Instagram influencer Beauty Couch, whose body was found last week near a burned car in Georgia.
Twenty-one-year-old Eugene Louis-Jocques of Naples, Florida has been arrested for charges of murder, arson, and aggravated assault.
He was apprehended in Louisiana by the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Proactive Enforcement Unit and is now awaiting extradition to Georgia.
‘Let the message be that we do not take kindly to people who think they can commit a crime elsewhere and try to hide in St. Tammany Parish,’ said Sheriff Randy Smith.
‘We were happy to help our counterparts in Georgia by locating this suspect and taking him into custody so he may face justice and Miss Couch’s family can begin to receive closure during this difficult time.’
Gone too soon: Instagram influencer Beauty Couch’s body was discovered on August 23 near a burning car in Georgia. Hey boyfriend has now been arrested for her murder
Talented: Couch used her profile to share videos of her dancing on roller-skates, and recently started giving her own classes
Couch’s body was found Wednesday afternoon near a burned out car
Part of the scene from where Couch’s burned out car was found in Austell, Georgia
According to the sheriff’s office, Louis-Jocques was Couch’s boyfriend.
Officials have not revealed a motive for the murder.
Beauty Katera Couch, 22, was an Austell-based Instagram influencer known primarily for her roller-skating and dance videos.
She had roughly 150,000 followers on the photo sharing app and recently launched her own roller-skating classes.
She was also a college student.
Her mother, Kimberly Couch said: ‘She was a sweet girl. She never bothered nobody. She never bothered nobody. She was a friend to everybody.’
The roller-skater’s body was found near a vehicle engulfed in flames on the afternoon of August 23.
In an initial statement, the Cobb County Police Department said: ‘Based on the initial scene investigation, foul play is suspected, and anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to contact the Cobb County Police.’
The fire department first learned from Couch’s family that the car they found had been driven by the influencer, who had not been seen since the previous morning.
The police then returned to the area where the vehicle was found and discovered Couch’s body in the wood line, according to the release.
‘A sweet girl’: Couch’s mother said ‘she was a friend to everybody’