The boyfriend of a 19-year-old Northeast Baltimore woman missing for three weeks has been charged in her murder, Baltimore police said last night.
Police said the body of Melissa L. Watkins of the 5000 block of Denview Way has yet to be found. But homicide detectives decided yesterday that they had enough evidence to arrest her boyfriend, Guy D. Williams, 21, of the same address, for her murder, police said.
"They have not recovered the gun," said Dennis S. Hill, a police spokesman. "But they believe she was shot on the 12th" of November.
Mr. Hill would not say why police believe Ms. Watkins was shot or what led them to Mr. Williams, who had been one of several friends who canvassed a mall with Ms. Watkins' picture after she was reported missing.
Mr. Williams was arrested about 10:30 a.m. yesterday at the home of Ms. Watkins' mother, Carolyn Watkins, of the 3600 block of Erdman Avenue. He has been charged with first-degree murder and with the useof a handgun in the commission of a felony.
Mr. Williams was being held last night at the Eastern District lockup and was expected to be transferred to the City Jail.
Melissa L. Watkins, 19, had lived with her boyfriend and her 3-month-old daughter. She was reported missing Nov. 12 when she failed to return home after a purchase at West Baltimore's Mondawmin Mall. Her family told police they believed Ms. Watkins had not simply left home, because she had asthma and had left her medicine at home.