Jamaal Mellish Wiki – Jamaal Mellish Biography
Jamaal Mellish was booked into the Oneida County Correctional Facility on Sunday, December 20, the day after New Jersey police discovered the body of Hayden Harris, 20, on Saturday, December 19, in Sussex County, according to the New Jersey Byram Township Police Department and online jail records. Harris was last heard from between the evening of December 17 and early morning of December 18, the police department said on Facebook.
AFort Drum Army soldier has been arrested after a fellow New York service member was found shot to death this weekend, according to police.
Mellish, who is awaiting formal charges in the case, met with Harris around that time in Watertown for a “vehicle transaction,” according to police. Investigators found paperwork near Harris’ body with the the suspect’s name on it, police continued.
According to the Byram Township Police Department:
During the investigation it was discovered that the victim, Hayden Harris, was reported as a missing soldier from Fort Drum, NY. Investigators from the Jefferson County Sheriff Department and the US Army were contacted. It was found that they had a person in custody who was charged in the disappearance of Harris and was being held. During their investigation it was determined that the suspect, Jamaal Mellish, and Harris were going to meet for a vehicle transaction.
Mellish is pending an extradition hearing to New Jersey, according to the Byram Township police. It is unclear whether he has an attorney.
“We are working very closely with several law enforcement agencies, to include Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office, and Sussex County Prosecutors Office, and the Byram Township Police Department on this investigation. We greatly appreciate their work on this ongoing case,” said Chris Grey, a spokesman for Army CID.
According to a Fort Drum & 10th Mountain Division press release, Harris hailed from Guys, Tennessee and joined the Army in March 2019. He earned two Army Achievement Medals, the National Defense Service Medial, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal and the Army Service Ribbon, the statement continued.
Jamaal Mellish Age
Jamaal Mellish is 23 years old.
Hayden Harris Cause of Death
Harris’s body was found in a wooded area off a cul-de-sac on Ross Road in Byram Township according to Sussex County First Assistant Prosecutor Gregory Mueller. According to the Observer-Dispatch, Mueller said Harris was to meet with a fellow soldier, Jamaal Mellish, 23, in nearby Watertown, New York, for “some type of vehicle exchange” but there may have been an argument between them. It is believed Mellish “abducted” Harris and drove him to the New York City area and eventually across the state, Mueller said. A juvenile was in the vehicle, but their identity or role has not been released by authorities. Harris’s body was later found by the police after members of the Byram Township fire department found blood, a pair of shoes and paperwork on Ross Road.
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“We are devastated,” Brigadier Gen. Brett Funck, an acting senior commander for Fort Drum and 10th Mountain Division, said in a statement announcing Harris’s death. “It was well known here that Cpl. Harris was a great Soldier, and as we share our grief with his friends and family. His death is a tremendous loss for his loved ones, this division and our nation,” Funck said in the statement. Harris was last heard from sometime late Thursday night and Friday morning (December 18), according to the official statement
Brig Gen Funck had updated the information regarding his death on Facebook saying: “Corporal Harris has been found deceased, and the investigation is on-going. We are grateful to everyone who shared his picture or said a prayer for his safe return, and we ask that you continue to tell the story of this great Soldier and keep his family in your thoughts and prayers, as we will.”
Police said Mellish and Harris were meeting in Watertown for a “vehicle transaction,” according to the Byram Township Police Department on Facebook.
“Mellish was supposed to exchange a Ford Mustang with Harris for a Chevy pickup truck. Mellish is also a US Army soldier and had a previous transaction with Harris,” Byram Township police wrote on Facebook on December 21.
The Department noted that a “juvenile” has also been arrested in connection to Harris’ case.
“There is a juvenile involved with the disappearance and no further information will be released on the juvenile as the investigation continues,” police continued.
Members of the Byram Township fire department noticed a pair of shoes, paperwork and blood while turning around in a cul-de-sac, police said in the Facebook statement, writing:
The Fire Department was turning around in the cul-de-sac at the end of Ross Rd. when they noticed debris alongside the roadway including an umbrella, sneakers and a disposable food container. The top of the snow was stained with what appeared to be blood. The Fire Chief notified Byram Twp. Police Department. Sgt Dellicker, Ptl. Sodano and Ptl. Spaldo arrived in the area to further investigate.
Further investigation revealed paperwork with the victim and the accused name on it from a previous vehicle transaction. During a search of the disturbed area in the snow, the victim’s body was found approximately 200 yards into the wooded area mostly buried under snow. During the investigation it was discovered that the victim, Hayden Harris, was reported as a missing soldier from Fort Drum, NY.
Anyone with information about the case is urged to contact the Fort Drum Army CID Office at (315) 772-9459. Anonymous tips can be submitted on the CID’s Crime Tips website.