‘More questions than answers right now’ | Second arrest made in double murder, kidnapping & human trafficking case

LORANGER — Jackson Police Dept. has arrested a female accomplice in connection to Daniel Callihan’s arrest. Victoria Cox, 32, was arrested Friday morning on June 14, 2024 in Jackson, Mississippi. Both Callihan and Cox are charged with one count of capital murder (first-degree murder) and one count sexual battery each.

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“We had that information yesterday that there was possibly someone else with him. Upon our search of the area yesterday, we could not find her, but we wanted to approach it like we did today and we were able to do that,” Jackson Police Chief Joseph Wade told UWK. “She’s being interviewed at this time. It’s still being determined at this time what charges we will put on her. It may be capital murder. It may be accessory before or accessory after the fact. We’re still yet to determine that but she is in custody and she’s being questioned as we speak.”

Daniel Callihan, arrested in Jackson, MS
Daniel Callihan, arrested in Jackson, MS

The second arrest comes after a crime spree that started in Tangipahoa Parish on Thursday morning, June 13. Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Daniel Edwards said Callie Brunett’s father found her dead inside her home on N. Cooper Road in Loranger.

“Callie’s father went to residence around 8 a.m. and forced entry into the locked trailer and located his daughter’s body on her bedroom floor,” said TPSO’s Chief Deputy Jimmy Davis. “Her death is being investigated as a homicide.” Officials said an autopsy would have to confirm the exact cause and manner of death.

Officials then learned Callie Brunett’s daughters, 3-year-old Erin and her 6-year-old sister Jalie, had been kidnapped and were missing. A statewide Amber Alert was issued nearly two hours later.

Unfortunately, Erin was found dead in Mississippi, while her older sister was found injured, but alive after a pursuit. The 3-year-old was found in a wooded area in Jackson, Mississippi. Her 6-year-old sister, Jalie, was found safe with the suspect, Daniel Callihan, according to the TPSO.

Daniel Callihan as he was arrested in Jackson, MS
Daniel Callihan as he was arrested in Jackson, MS

Callihan, 36, from Amite, has been arrested in Jackson, Mississippi. TPSO’s Jimmy Davis informed UWK that Callihan had previously dated the girls’ mother, Callie Brunett, and it’s why her murder is now being investigated as a domestic homicide.

After the Amber Alert was issued for the two young girls on Thursday, it prompted several tips to come into the TPSO office.

“After the Amber Alert was issued, we found the car on a camera south of Jackson, MS. We then learned the car was at a McDonald’s in McComb on Wednesday, June 12, and later in Jackson, MS, yesterday evening,” said Chief Deputy Jimmy Travis.

Travis said that was when TPSO deputies headed to Jackson, MS, with assistance from several other agencies.

“He was in a neighborhood in Jackson, MS pulling on doors and someone made a call to police. An undercover officer in the area responded, saw the suspect and got into a pursuit. After the pursuit, the officer learned who the suspect was. After he was taken into custody, his car was located, and the 6-year-old was found unharmed inside. Her 3-year-old sister was found deceased in an adjacent wooded area,” he added. “We have a six year old girl who has a hard life ahead of her based on what she’s experienced.”

Jackson Police Chief Joseph Wade tells UWK the stolen car, that belonged to Brunett, was found behind 3950 Boozier Ave. in south Jackson, Mississippi around 3 p.m.

“The officers did a search of the area along with the U.S. Marshals. Our Jackson Police officers were assisting with the search. At that time, they located the two young girls in the wooded area. One had injuries but she is still alive but the 3-year-old was deceased,” said Chief Wade.

Chief Wade said the location where the arrest unfolded had signs of human trafficking, but did not go into too many details adding it was under investigation.

“There were cages in a fenced in area but you didn’t see any animals or dogs or cats or wildlife. So it’s very concerning. We do have the Mississippi Bureau of Investigations on scene, the FBI, the U.S. Marshal’s, Harris & Rankin County Sheriff’s Office and of course Jackson PD so that’s why we want to process the scene very extensively and it may be over hours, may be overnight, it may be over days to make sure it’s all properly processed,” Chief Wade told UWK.

“It’s absolutely awful, heinous, disturbing, tragic, traumatic for me to see this as a police chief and to see it as a father. It was very disturbing. I had the opportunity to go to the crime scene and see this baby that had lost her life and it was just absolutely overwhelming for me and all the officers who responded but he will be held accountable for his actions,” added the chief.

The two girls had possibly been missing for over 36 hours, according to the TPSO.

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TPSO says multiple agencies are involved in the investigation including the FBI given the crime went across state lines. Callihan is facing multiple charges in both Louisiana and Mississippi, including murder and aggravated kidnapping. However, the exact charges have not been released at this time.

“He took these abducted kids across state lines, which makes it a federal offense,” added the chief. “There are more questions than answers and as soon as we get those, we will get out accurate information.”

The FBI released a statement Friday morning.

“The FBI became involved in this case when it first became aware Thursday morning. The FBI has now opened a full investigation into the Brunett matter. We will continue to collaborate with our local law enforcement partners at the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office and Jackson Police Department. The FBI is dedicating all available resources and tools at its disposal to this investigation, including Victim Services personnel, who are working closely with the survivors of this unspeakable tragedy. We appreciate the public’s interest and assistance in this case and ask anyone who might have helpful information to call 1-800-CALL-FBI. To preserve the integrity of this ongoing investigation, we cannot share further details.”

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This is a developing story. Check back often for new information.

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