Arrest made in Butler's death

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Rochester Democrat and Chronicle

Police have arrested DeVante Lively, the man who was with Larie Butler before she went missing Saturday, in connection with the Rochester teen's death.

Rochester Police Officer Stephen Scott announced the arrest at a news conference today. Lively, 20, turned himself in Friday afternoon and is being charged with second-degree murder.

Police found Butler's body in a swimming pool after executing a search warrant at the Irondequoit home of Lively's grandmother Thursday. The home, 174 Dorington Road in Irondequoit, was the crime scene, Irondequoit Police Chief Richard Boyan said. The cause of death was "trauma to the upper body," Boyan said.

Alongside a nearby pool, police discovered displaced bricks that were suspicious, Boyan said. Laurelton Fire Department drained the pool, which belongs to a nearby home, and found a body they believe is Butler's.

Family members said the home on Dorington Road in Irondequoit was linked to the last person to see Butler, whom they described as an 18-year-old acquaintance. Police say that person was Lively, who a school spokesperson said graduated from East Irondequoit Central School District's Eastridge High School in January, 2011.

He initially told investigators he took Butler to The Marketplace mall about 3:30 p.m. Saturday, then dropped her off about 7 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. near East High School. But police never found anyone to confirm that story, Rochester Police Chief James Sheppard said at a news conference earlier this week, and Lively soon stopped cooperating with the investigation.

Butler, a 17-year-old East High School student, last talked to her mother by phone about 3:30 p.m. Saturday. The 17-year-old told her she loved her, and said a friend was going to pick her up to take her to the mall. The family reported Butler missing about 5 a.m. Sunday.

Shortly after the body was discovered, Butler's mother, Karen Snipes, emerged from her home on Lynchford Park in the city and thanked the Rochester Police Department for finding her daughter.

Then, overcome by emotion, she pleaded for the same help finding her daughter's killer.

"Find him. Find him please. Please find him now," she said, as friends and relatives cried and hugged around her. "They killed my baby."

"Larie, I love you baby. You in better hands now. Mommy will be there one day."

At Friday's news conference, Snipes said her family is "at ease right now," but said many questions remain. "I want to know why he did this."


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