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Missing 20-year-old woman found dead; 3 charged with kidnapping and murder

North Carolina police on Sunday found the body of a 20-year-old woman missing for more than a week and arrested three people they believe killed her.

Mary Collins was last seen at about 2:30 p.m. in the afternoon on March 28 and was believed to have gone to Charlotte’s entertainment district, NoDa, also called North Davidson, to meet friends, according to WCNC.

Her family reported her missing on March 30.

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The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department said Collins’s body was found on Rollerton Road in NoDa on Sunday. They arrested James Salerno, 20, Lavi Pham, 21, and Kelly Lavery, 24, who have all been charged with kidnapping and murder.

Kelly Lavery, James Salerno, and Lavi Pham/Mecklenburg County Jail

Police said they are awaiting positive identification of the body from the medical examiner’s office, but it appears to be that of Collins. They said information provided by community members led them to the body and the suspects, Fox 46 reported.

According to Mecklenburg County jail records, Salerno has been arrested on several drug and robbery charges since 2017, and Lavery has a prior arrest in the county for simple assault. All three of the suspects are due in court on Tuesday.

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[Featured image: Mary Collins/Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department]