An 18-year-old woman who helped her boyfriend rob an Alabama hotel has been found dead two days after the robbery.
Baylee Wall was on the run from the police after she helped her 25-year-old boyfriend Gary Eubanks Jr rob the Microtel Inn in Daphne, Alabama, on October 21. On October 23, she was found dead and the police have not yet named a suspect in her death.
Baylee’s stepfather Steven Tillman told Fox Cincinnati that he was shocked to learn that his step-daughter—who was a mother-of-one and lived in Hurley, Mississippi—could be involved in something as violent as an armed robbery.
“She was a very outgoing person. Loved to laugh and you know, just your typical 18-year-old girl. I still can’t believe it. I really can’t on either issue,” Tillman said. “That’s not how she was raised. That’s not how she was.”
Baylee and Gary reportedly started dating in August 2018. Her father said that the teen had recently shared a picture with her friend where she sported a busted lip, which he believed suggested that her boyfriend was being abusive toward her. She also reportedly called up a friend saying, she was “scared [and] wanting to come home.”
Baylee’s body was found behind a baseball field at Woodward High School in Cincinnati. She has a gunshot wound on her head, although the police have not confirmed the cause of death. Investigators decided to probe the case as a homicide after branding it as “suspicious.”
Erin Vinson, the woman whose house the couple was staying in before Baylee’s death, told Local12: “If I had any idea she was going to be murdered two weeks later, I would have never let her out of my sight.”
She also added that Baylee had told her that her boyfriend had been violent toward her. “We knew it was unhealthy, but obviously what can you do to someone who is 18 years old to say go back home to your parents who care about you,” she said. “Now I feel like I have some responsibility in the fact that I was the last person to see her and that I could have potentially saved her from that situation.”