Woman is found dead in freezer

Howard police charge two in killing of city resident

March 08, 2004|BY A SUN STAFF WRITER

A Northeast Baltimore woman who had been reported missing was found dead in a freezer Saturday night in Ellicott City, and Howard County police arrested two suspects, authorities said.

The victim was identified as Tamira Hughes, 36, of the 2200 block of Pentland Drive. Police said she had been reported missing Thursday by family members.

Howard County police said they were notified of a possible homicide by Prince George's County detectives, who said that a freezer containing a woman's body was going to be moved from a house in the 3200 block of Corporate Court in Ellicott City.

Detectives began surveillance outside the house and observed a freezer being loaded onto a truck, police said.

Officers followed the truck, stopped it and discovered Hughes' body inside the freezer, police said.

The occupants of the truck - Kathy L. Gray, 40, a resident of Corporate Court, and Anthony T. Williams, 31, of the 5000 block of Barto Ave. in Suitland - were arrested and charged with assault and first-degree murder, police said.

While an autopsy was awaited, police said the preliminary investigation pointed to blunt trauma as the cause of death.

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