Joycelyn Alsup.

The body of Joycelyn Alsup, the Marietta teen police believe was the victim of a carnival worker serial killer, will be coming home in about a week and a half, according to family members.

Alsup, 17, was killed last month, allegedly by a carnival worker named James Michael Wright, 23, of Virginia, who is also charged with killing two other young women in a span of 18 days.

Wright’s other alleged victims are Athina Hopson, 25, of Johnson City, Tennessee, and Elizabeth Vanmeter, 22, of Carter County, Tennessee.

Police believe the killings took place in Washington County, Virginia, Sheriff Fred Newman said last week in announcing Wright’s arrest. The bodies are still in the possession of Virginia law enforcement for forensic examinations.

Alsup’s aunt, Syble Christensen, started a fundraising page to raise money for the family to bring her remains home and to aid her family in travelling to and from Virginia during the expected trial.

“We are still needing help financially, as we were not expecting this in our lives,” Christensen wrote. “No one should have to make plans for someone so young. We continue to thank you all for the continued prayers and positive thoughts. They are felt and appreciated. Thank you to those also that have donated we are forever grateful for you.”

As of Monday afternoon, the family has raised $685 of its $8,000 goal.

The fundraising site can be found at

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