Family of teenage murder victim speaks; suspect at-large

Morgan Myers' father says he is relieved to know charges have been filed in his daughter's death at this hotel last month.

The father of a teen found dead in a Columbia motel last month told KRCG 13 he is relieved federal drug charges have been filed in his daughter's death.

Morgan Myers was found dead in a room at the Providence Inn April 3rd. Police suspected she overdosed on heroin and started looking for the dealer.

Rocky Myers said detectives called him before telling the media Wednesday that a warrant had been issued for the arrest of 27-year-old Jon Patrick "Doom" Washington. Authorities believe Washington and another person supplied heroin to Morgan Myers the day before the Columbia 16-year-old was found dead. Washington was questioned by police shortly after her death and was briefly arrested on charges of drug intoxication later that month. Court records show he posted bond in the drug intoxication case, and officials say he remains at large. Myers said "it helps in a big way" to know something is being done.

"I'm glad they have a warrant for the guy who put the drugs in her," he said.

Myers said he feels confident authorities will find Washington, though he said Myers' death could easily have been prevented.