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NEW INFO: Former Jacksonville cop found murdered in Florida; arrest made

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Published: Oct. 20, 2017 at 9:49 AM EDT
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A former Eastern Carolina police officer has been found murdered in Florida.

The Escambia County Sheriff's Office says the body of Taylor Wright was found around noon Thursday in a wooded area.

Wright was a former police officer with the Jacksonville Police Department.

The sheriff's office in Florida says they have arrested Ashley McArthur, 40, for the murder of Wright. McArthur is a former sheriff's office employee in Florida.

The 33-year-old Wright was reported missing by Pensacola police on September 8th.

Pensacola police say Wright was a private investigator in the Crestview, Florida area. Officer Mike Wood said investigators initially thought the woman left the area on her own, but they found inconsistencies and opted not to go public until the body was found yesterday.

A police report says the victim had placed $34,000 in a safe deposit box that belonged to McArthur. Wright tried without success to get the money back, and the two met on September 8th, according to the report.

Police say they found Wright's bodyon Thursday "in a clandestine grave covered in concrete" just west of property owned by members of McArthur's family.

Jacksonville says Wright worked for them from January 2008 through August 2009, and then again from July 2012 to December 2013.

“Officer Taylor Wright was a brave and spirited young officer, who we were happy to rehire to service when she returned to the area in 2012” said Deputy Chief Tim Malfitano. “She was a loved and valued member of our law enforcement family. We offer our heartfelt condolences to Taylor’s family and friends.”