Missing woman found dead in car trunk more than 1,000 miles from home, child’s whereabouts not known

Police have arrested a man after a missing woman was found dead in the trunk of her own car more than 1,000 miles from her home.

Authorities in Mansfield, Ohio — between Columbus and Cleveland — discovered the body of the woman early Saturday, the Mansfield News Journal reports.

The woman’s name and cause of death have not yet been released.

Police in Cedar Hill, Texas, where the woman was from, asked Mansfield officers to check for the missing woman shortly after midnight on Saturday at a home where her car was parked, according to the Mansfield Police Department.

When officers arrived at the residence, they found 35-year-old Dequalan Harris, who also is from Cedar Hill, which is near Dallas. Harris told officers that he picked up a child from the woman’s home in Texas on Thursday and had not seen her since.

After police told Harris that Texas authorities wanted him detained, he resisted arrest and tried to run, but officers were able to arrest him with the use of a Taser, according to the newspaper.

It was after that struggle when officers found the woman’s body in the car trunk.

Harris was booked on charges of gross abuse of a corpse, resisting arrest and obstructing official business, and he was being held in the Richland County Jail on $20,000 bail, the Dallas Morning News reports.

An autopsy on the woman’s body was pending as of Saturday evening.

It was not immediately clear what happened to the child taken from the woman’s home.

Anyone with information about the case can contact Mansfield police at 419-755-9761.


Feature photo: Richland County Jail