Chelsea Shipp is a Texas woman wanted for the murder in the shooting death of a 16-year-old girl, the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office said in a news release.
A 22-year-old man, Cody Arnold, was also charged and is in custody, the sheriff’s office said. Shipp is a 24-year-old resident of Winnie, authorities said. The sheriff’s office said Tuesday, March 29, 2022, that a warrant had been issued for Shipp’s murder. She remained at large as of Wednesday, March 30, 2022, according to the sheriff’s office. The victim was identified as Katelynn Stone by family and friends on Facebook.
Few details about the murder have been released. The sheriff’s office said deputies were called to a fatal shooting at about 5 p.m. Sunday, March 27, 2022, in the 14000 block of Kolb’s Corner in West Jefferson County. The 16-year-old girl was found dead with an apparent gunshot wound, according to the sheriff’s office. Arnold was also found at the scene and taken into custody.
Here’s what you need to know about Chelsea Ann-Marie Shipp:
1. Chelsea Shipp is believed to be armed and may be driving a white 2017 Dodge pickup truck, the sheriff’s office says
The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office said in a press release about Chelsea Shipp, “She is believed to still be armed. She is described as a white woman with light brown hair and brown eyes. She has tattoos on her biceps and forearm.” The sheriff’s office also released photos of her tattoos.
According to the sheriff’s office, “Shipp was last seen driving a 2017 White Dodge Single Cab Truck, Tx. Tag—NLT4812. Shipp is known to visit Galveston County, Chambers County and West Jefferson County.” The sheriff’s office did not provide any further details about her possible whereabouts.
“If you have information regarding this crime or a crime, there are three ways to contact the Southeast Texas Crime Department,” the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office said in its press release announcing that Shipp is wanted for murder will. “You can call 409-833-TIPS (8477), sign up, or download the P3 app. You will not be asked for your name and may be eligible for a cash reward.”
2. The sheriff’s office has not released details of how they believe Shipp was involved in the teen’s murder
The sheriff’s office has not said how they believe Shipp was involved in the murder of 16-year-old Katelynn Stone. It was also not immediately known if investigators believe the girl was fatally shot by Shipp or by Cody Arnold. Further information, including whether there is a possible motive, has also not been released.
The victim was a student at Vidor High School, according to her Facebook page. The relationships between Arnold, Shipp and the victim have not been publicly disclosed by authorities.
Stone’s body was taken to the Jefferson County Morgue for an autopsy, according to the sheriff’s office. It was not immediately known how often or where they were shot. Arnold is being held at the Jefferson County Correctional Facility for murder.
3. Chelsea Ann-Marie Shipp is originally from Crystal Beach, Texas, according to her Facebook page
According to her Facebook page, Chelsea Ann-Marie Shipp is originally from Crystal Beach, Texas. The connections between Arnold and Shipp weren’t immediately clear, but they are connected on social media.
On March 3, she wrote in a Facebook post: “I’m looking for private parking or a small RV park anywhere from Winnie towards Orange. If anyone has one, knows one, or sees a post please let me know!”
According to public records viewed by Heavy, Shipp has also lived in West, Texas, Bolivar, Texas, and Dickinson, Texas. Her social media profiles also show that she has spent time in Louisiana. Shipp’s family and friends have not commented publicly on the allegations against her, and Heavy could not reach her for comment.
4. Shipp’s Instagram & TikTok drew attention after the sheriff’s office announced she was wanted for murder
Chelsea Shipp’s Instagram and TikTok pages have drawn a lot of public attention after the sheriff’s office said she was wanted for murder. Negative comments and calls to turn themselves in have inundated both sides. Her latest TikTok videos now have thousands of views.
On Instagram, Shipp wrote on her profile, “I don’t think I’ll just roll dice.” In an October Instagram post, Shipp wrote in the caption, “Never had much of nothing, was always too busy to get by.” In a July post that included a photo of her with her middle finger in the air, Shipp wrote, “I give no fckk, hoes come easy 🤷🏼♀️👀.” In another post, she wrote, “Freedom is just another Lose word for nothing anymore.. Nothing, you mean nothing, if it’s not for nothing.”
One of their most recent videos features the Lumineers song “Sleep on the Floor” with the lyrics “If we don’t leave this town we might never make it”. Shipp added the caption, “If you’re from Setx you know what I mean,” a nod to Southeast Texas.
Another of her recent TikTok videos shows her reacting to a trending video of a woman dancing and saying “so what?” to a man who has a girlfriend. The video shows Shipp and then the sound of a gun. Shipp wrote in the caption, “They say I’m crazy and sometimes I feel like crazy.”
In a video posted just after the New Year’s Day in January 2022, Shipp wrote, “I haven’t had a good year at all, but I’m grateful that family and friends have been with me through it all.”
Another video from January shows Shipp driving and smoking a cigarette, with the caption, “Unemployed as of 2022 lmao so be it.” She added in the caption, “My mouth when it comes to cops *** … usually gets the best of me 😂”
5. Cody Arnold, charged with murder with Chelsea Shipp, is being held on $1 million bail
According to the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office, “22-year-old Cody Arnold was arrested at the home and charged with murder. His bail was set at $1,000,000.00. Investigators point out that investigations into other suspects are still ongoing.”
It was not immediately clear whether Arnold hired or appointed an attorney to speak on his behalf. Jefferson County prosecutors also have not commented on the murder charges against Arnold and Shipp, and court documents in the case were not immediately available.
According to his Facebook page, Arnold lives in Beaumont, Texas and is a graduate of Hamshire-Fannett High School. His Facebook page says he’s engaged, but doesn’t give the name of his fiancee. Arnold wrote on Facebook in the intro section of his page: “Cody Arnold from Beaumont tx is just staying strong and trying to build a better future.”
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