25-year-old Cheyanne Jessie of Lakeland has been charged with two counts of First Degree Murder and one count of Tampering with Evidence in the deaths of her father and daughter.
At approximately 11:06 am, on Saturday, August 1, 2015, Jessie contacted the Polk County Sheriff’s Office to report her father, 50-year-old Mark Weekly, and her 6-year-old daughter, Meredith Jessie missing since July 18, 2015.
Jessie first told detectives she had left her child in her father’s care and had not heard from him since a “text message” from her father, Mark Weekly, advising he had a terminal illness and had less than a year to live and wanted to spend his remaining days with his granddaughter, Meredith, and would be traveling to Georgia. Jessie told detectives her father had instructed her, via text, to sell all of his personal belongings.
Throughout the investigation, detectives found numerous inconsistencies in Cheyanne’s account of the events prior to her reporting her father and daughter missing.
Ultimately, after searching throughout the night, detectives found the remains of both 50-year-old Mark Weekly and 6-year-old Meredith Jessie. The bodies had been placed in plastic totes and placed in an outdoor structure (shed) on a neighbor’s property some 200-300 yards away from Weekly’s residence at Drane Field Road, Lakeland.
Cheyanne Jessie was booked into the Polk County Jail on Sunday, August 02, 2015.