A Montcalm man was arraigned today on a charge of first-degree murder in connection with the death of a 21-year old Princeton woman.

Emanuel Ray Jackson, 22, of Montcalm, was arraigned before Circuit Court Judge Derek C. Swope on a charge of first-degree murder in connection with the death of Erika Goad. Swope ordered Jackson to be held without bond during Monday’s court hearing.

Goad had been missing since April 12. She was last seen at the Princeton Public Library. Her body was located Sunday in a remote area between Lashmeet and Spanishburg.

Furches said Jackson also is charged with felony destruction and grand larceny.

Jackson is a distant cousin of the victim’s husband, according to Deputy D.A. Furches of the Mercer County Sheriff’s Department.

Furches said Jackson was found in possession of Goad’s vehicle. Goad’s vehicle was found April 12 by deputies in the Montcalm area.

Investigators talked with Jackson early into the investigation, according to Furches. Jackson was located by authorities Sunday walking along Route 20.

Furches said the investigation into Goad’s death continues.

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