Teen Found Slain in West Texas Home, Residence Set on Fire

Investigators are trying to determine who fatally stabbed an 18-year-old West Texas high school student at her home and set the place on fire.

The Lubbock County Sheriff's Office said Friday that no arrests had been made in the slaying of Holli Jeffcoat of Idalou (EYE'-duh-loo). Lt. Bryan Taylor described the victim as a "special needs" student. He declined to elaborate.

Taylor says a relative found Jeffcoat's body Wednesday morning. Taylor says the initial call for help then came from a neighbor.

Taylor declined to release further details of the fire, other than to say it was intentionally set to try to conceal the crime.

The Texas Department of Family and Protective Services is also investigating the death. Spokesman Paul Zimmerman the family had prior involvement with Child Protective Services.

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