An Auburn teenager is facing a murder charge after police discovered a 66-year-old woman suffering from a gunshot wound in an Auburn subdivision Thursday night.

Ross Jonathan McFarland, 16, was arrested in Tallapoosa County about 6:30 a.m. Friday by Auburn police with assistance from the U.S. Marshals’ Fugitive Task Force and Tallapoosa County Drug Task Force on a warrant charging him with murder, Auburn police said.

Auburn police responded to a residence in the 700 block of Burke Place about 7 p.m. Thursday after receiving a call reporting an unresponsive woman.

When officers arrived they discovered Martha “Marti” Jones White, who was affiliated with the residence, suffering from an apparent gunshot wound, Lee County Coroner Bill Harris said.

“An investigation and analysis of the scene resulted in McFarland, who resides at the residence on Burke Place, being developed as a suspect in the death,” a news release from Auburn police reads.

Auburn police obtained an arrest warrant for McFarland and enlisted the aid of the U.S. Marshal’s Fugitive Task Force.

Authorities found McFarland, a truck missing from White’s residence and what is believed to be the weapon used in the homicide in the 10,000 block of Highway 50 near Lake Martin and south of Dadeville.

McFarland was then taken into custody, police said. He was taken to the Lee County jail and is being held under a $150,000 bond.

Preliminary results from a post-mortem examination by the Alabama Department of Forensic Sciences in Montgomery’s medical examiner indicated that White died from a single gunshot wound, Harris said.

The case remains under investigation by the Auburn Police Division and the Lee County Coroner’s Office.

Police ask that anyone with information regarding the crime call the Auburn Police Division’s Detective Section at 334-501-3149 or the anonymous tip line at 334-246-1391.

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