A Facebook post made by the Brown County Sheriff’s Office Wednesday morning states that a suspect is in custody for the May 2016 murder of Chantay Blankinship. Sheriff Vance Hill identified the suspect as Ryan Riggs, 21, who lives in the North Lake Brownwood area and knew Blankinship. Riggs was arrested Wednesday night and is jailed on a capital murder charge, Hill said.
Riggs confessed Wednesday night to his church congregation and later confessed to law enforcement, the sheriff said.
A representative of the church contacted Hill, and Riggs’ parents drove him to the Law Enforcement Center, the sheriff said.
Hill, Sgt. Scott Bird and Texas Ranger Jason Shea met with Riggs where he gave a “full confession,” Hill said.
Hill said the suspect gave details of the crime scene that had not been released to the public and only the suspect would know. Sheriff’s investigators received a tip last week that the suspect could be Riggs after news broke about the DNA profile that led to a composite drawing, Hill said.
The sheriff’s office had a pending case against Riggs for illegal dumping and planned to use that as a means to approach Riggs. But investigators learned that Riggs, who lives with his parents, got nervous about the DNA profile and composite drawing and disappeared. Hill declined to comment on what Riggs told them about the murder or whether he expressed remorse.
More information will be released at a press conference around 10:30 a.m. today.