UPDATE: Cousin charged with abducting teen cheerleader found dead behind home

Officials ruled Ke’Asia Adkins’ death a homicide caused by asphyxia

Virginia police announced that a 21-year-old man has been charged in connection with the death of a high school cheerleader whose body was found in a wooded area behind her home three days after she vanished.

In a statement posted to Facebook on Thursday, the Dinwiddie County Sheriff’s Office confirmed that the body found hours earlier belonged to Ke’Asia Adkins, 17. Police also proclaimed they’ve arrested Anton Coleman and charged him with abduction in connection with this case.

Sadly we report:Dinwiddie County Sheriff’s Office can now confirm that the body of the African-American female located…

Posted by Dinwiddie County Sheriff's Office on Thursday, June 28, 2018

NTD received reports indicating that Coleman is Adkins’ cousin who lived approximately 11 miles away from the slain teen. A medical examiner’s report obtained by WWBT listed her cause of death as asphyxia and ruled her death a homicide.

As CrimeOnline previously reported, alarms were raised Monday when the North Dinwiddie teen didn’t turn up for her high school cheerleading practice. The teen’s cell phone reportedly didn’t have service when friends and family tried to reach her.

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Calling her disappearance “extremely unusual,” police noted that the 17-year-old didn’t have a history of running away from home.

Officials are reportedly investigating to determine a motive.

“Ke’Asia was a beautiful young lady who was a General through and through,” a statement from her high school said.

“She will be greatly missed by the entire Dinwiddie High School family, especially her friends, teammates, teachers, and staff.”


This is a developing story. Be sure to check back with CrimeOnline for updates as they become available. 

[Featured image: Anton Coleman, Ke’Asia Adkins/Dinwiddie County Sheriff’s Office]