Person of interest in woman's disappearance arrested on unrelated charges

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BENTON TOWNSHIP, Mich. -- Tuesday morning we learned that the person of interest in the case of missing 29-year-old Jessica Gray was found and arrested.

Family tells ABC57 that Lark was arrested in Ohio.

In a press release, Benton Charter Township Police say he was arrested on charges not relating to this case and a parole violation. Police also announced Lark will be returned to Michigan pending the out of state charges.

However, Jessica Gray is still missing.

ABC57 reached out to the police department and Chief Brian Smit, asking if foul play was involved or if any of the test results came back from the blood found in the doorway at the scene, but he did not respond.

At the scene 10 days ago on Monday December 2nd, spent shell casings and live ammunition were also discovered inside the Maggies Country Store.

With this waiting game still occurring, the family of Jessica Gray is praying that finding Lark will help find answers for their missing daughter, niece, and mother.

Mother, Carolina Gray, and aunt, Eula Omar, told ABC57 Gray loved everyone around her-- family, friends, her 2 beautiful children, and even complete strangers-- with a passionate and caring heart. Gray would have done anything for anyone, and would give the shirt off her back if it meant being able to help someone who needed it.

While Gray's locale is still unknown, the family has been struggling to stay afloat. Carolina says that she has to pinch herself to remind herself she is not just in a terrible, never ending dream.

While this appears to be the darkest time in the Gray families life, they are still keeping the faith. They say God makes no mistakes, and they are hopeful finding Willie Lark will be the answer police need to reunite them with their beloved Jessica.

If you have any information you are urged to call the Benton Charter Township Detective Bureau at (269) 925- 1135 or Crime Stoppers at (574) 288-STOP.

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