On his Facebook page, Meheux has posted pictures of himself posing with Benjamin at what appears to be a formal event.
Attempts to reach Meheux’s family and Jared Mitnick, a criminal defense lawyer who represented Meheux on an unrelated criminal trespass case in Gwinnett County in June, were not successful Friday.
Officers with the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, Valdosta State University Police Department, Valdosta Police Department and Gwinnett County Sheriff’s Office had searched unsuccessfully for Meheux in Gwinnett County earlier on Thursday before he turned up in Ellaville that evening, according to GBI spokesman John Bankhead.
Bankhead said that Meheux has relatives that live in Schely County.
“I guess word got out to him that the Gwinnett Sheriff’s Office was on his tail,” Bankhead said.
Benjamin’s family could not be reached for reaction. A private investigator hired by the family, Robin Martinelli, said the arrest was not a surprise and that the family had suspected Meheux from the outset.
“I think they’re absorbing everything today,” Martinelli said. “This just happened.”
Napier, 19, said Benjamin and her former flame appeared to still be friends “somewhat.”
“When we first met, [Meheux] came off as a really nice guy,” Napier said. “But I had been hearing things about him.”
He said Meheux lived in a dormitory building closeby Georgia Hall, where Benjamin lived and where she was found dead.