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The Today File

Your guide to the latest news from around the Northwest

May 28, 2012 at 3:50 PM

Ex-boyfriend arrested in Renton girl’s death

Oklahoma City Police Monday arrested the former boyfriend of a 17-year old girl who was found stabbed to death inside her Renton home Friday morning.

The Renton Police Department said Jarod Lane, 19, had been on the run since Friday morning, after authorities found the body of his ex-girlfriend, Jessica Scholl, in her burning house. Friends had said the two had dated for a couple of years and that Lane had seemed distraught over the breakup.

Renton Police said Monday that it would send two detectives to Oklahoma to question Lane.

Lane was last seen headed east from a North Bend gas station Friday morning. On Sunday, he was spotted at a Walgreens in the town of Enid, north of Oklahoma City, but had left the store before authorities arrived. On Memorial Day, he was spotted walking along a road, where he was arrested.

According to friends, Lane, who attended Renton Technical College, went to a Lindbergh High School prom with the victim last year, but the couple broke up on May 16. On his Facebook page, Lane had written that he had “fallen for a girl,” and that he “wouldn’t want it any other way for the rest of my life.”

On Sunday, Renton Police sent out a statement from her family announcing that there would be a candle light vigil at Lindbergh High later in the evening.

 “We want to thank everyone for their outpouring of support,” the family’s statement read in part. “Your prayers and thoughts have brought us comfort during this time of tragedy.

“We want to thank Jessica’s classmates and teachers and all of our friends for helping us remember her. We are especially grateful to the Renton Police and Fire Departments for their response and thoroughness in their work.”

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