Police identify body found in Spa Creek

July 25, 1996|By TaNoah Morgan | TaNoah Morgan,SUN STAFF

Annapolis police have identified the woman found dead in Spa Creek off a pier in Truxtun Park as a longtime Annapolis resident.

The battered body of Desiree Chavis, 27, of the 900 block of President St. was pulled from the water the morning of July 11 by two boaters, who told police her arm was anchored by a large rock.

The state medical examiner said she had been strangled and drowned.

The woman's body was found in the water about a five-minute walk through woods from her home.

Police said Chavis was last seen by a neighbor, who talked with her two days before her death.

Chavis was unemployed but had worked at several Annapolis area businesses as a clerk or secretary, police said. In her apartment, police said they found letters from former employers and confirmed that she was employed as late as 1995.

Detectives say they still don't know who might have had reason to kill Chavis.

"At this time, we don't have many real good leads," Sgt. Alan Marshall, a detective supervisor, said.

Anyone with information should call Annapolis police at 974-8228 or 268-9000.

Pub Date: 7/25/96

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