Birmingham, Alabama–When Paighton Houston’s friend read the text from Paighton in December, they didn’t think it would be the last time they’d ever hear from her.
Her text was disturbing. A coroner later found that Houston, 29, died from an accidental drug overdose. However, her story didn’t end there.
The alarming text that Paighton sent to her friend on December 20, 2019, read,
“idk who i am with, so if i call please answer. I feel in trouble.”
It was later discovered that she was seen leaving the Tin Roof bar in the 2700 block of Seventh Avenue South with two men around 10:45 pm that night.
Authorities say that it appeared she left the bar willingly, and the men were described as heavyset black males.
Since then, her family has taken to social media in an effort to find her. Her sister, Jillian Houston posted on Facebook, “Y’all please say a prayer for my sister’s safe return! We are so worried and just want her home.”
Paighton grew up in Trussville with a sister and two brothers. Their parents are Douglas and Charlaine Houston.
Her family also noted on Facebook that, “She has not used her bank account in over 24 hrs and her phone is going to voicemail. The police are investigating so if anyone sees or hears anything notify us or the Birmingham, Al. police department.”
Paighton’s body was found buried in a shallow grave on January 3 behind a home in Hueytown, not far from Birmingham. Fredrick Hampton, 50, was the one who disposed of her body. He was also charged with abuse of a corpse.
Authorities say that Hampton was with Houston on the night of December 20.
Hampton was arrested by U.S. Marshals on Wednesday. He was previously convicted in 1992 on first-degree rape and first-degree sodomy charges. Hampton spent 20 years, five months and 26 days in prison.
Hampton was not charged with Houston’s death; the Jefferson County Coroner’s Office stated that the official cause of death was morphine and methamphetamine toxicity. Her death was ruled accidental.
Chief Deputy Coroner Bill Yates said, “This represents an overdose and is classified as a drug-opioid death.”