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Man charged with murder after woman's body found in Hazel Park home's attic

Jessica White was strangled, autopsy reveals

HAZEL PARK, Mich. – A 23-year-old Hazel Park man has been charged with first-degree murder after the body of a missing 21-year-old woman was found wrapped and hidden in the attic of his home. 

Jordan McClanahan was arrested Tuesday night after police said he "implicated himself" in Jessica White's death, and told them where they could find her body. 

An autopsy determined White's death was a homicide and the cause was "strangulation by ligature." The autopsy also showed her body was violated physically and sexually after she was killed. 

McClanahan also faces a desecration of a body charge. He was arraigned Thursday afternoon. 

White was last seen April 23 in Troy and texted her mother she was at a friend's house in Hazel Park. 

McClanahan's dad says he found body

Mike McClanahan said his son Jordan was with White in their Hazel Park home that Friday. The father said they were having a mixed drink, but Jordan also was taking pills for his back which were not prescribed to him. 

"I don't think he remembers anything. He done them drugs and drank on top of it and something happened to him," said Mike McClanahan. 

By Tuesday, after police had been through the house, Mike McClanahan said his son Jordan was ready to get something off his chest. 

"'Something's wrong, dad, something's wrong.' I said, 'What?' He said, 'I might have done something bad, dad,'" said Mike. 

That's when Mike and his older son searched the house again. They looked in the crawl space this time and found the body. 

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Mike McClanahan said Jordan and Jessica had been friends since they were just 8 years old. He is very sorry for the White family. 

"I feel so bad for Jessica's mother and dad, because I thought (Jordan) was telling the truth," said Mike. 

Police said Jordan confessed to strangling Jessica White with a belt. 

There are two vigils planned for White -- one 7 p.m. Thursday at Morse Elementary and another Friday night at the home where the murder happened. 

Crime Stoppers poster for Jessica Leigh White