Murder Charge in Case of Missing 18-year-old D.C. Woman

Latisha Frazier

Metro Police today announced an arrest on murder charges in a missing persons case. Brian Gaither, 23 of Southeast D.C., is expected to be arraigned tomorrow on a second-degree murder charge in the death of 18-year-old Latisha Frazier, who was reported missing on Aug. 4, 2010. Her body has not been found.

ABC7 reported Thursday that Frazier’s family had recently received threatening Facebook messages saying that she was dead.

Someone created a Facebook page using the missing woman’s middle and last name. And then they started sending threatening messages to family members via Facebook.

The messages said: “Your sister is dead and gone. I’m watching you! One more dead to go!” according to Latoya Frazier, the missing woman’s sister.

Then more messages started arriving. They were just as bad.

“Her (Latisha) black a** has been gone,” said the message. “Body parts in Rock Creek. Keep the fliers out of the (expletive) hood. We took them down.”

Latoya said whoever is sending the threatening messages has also menaced her.

“The fact that my little sister is missing is a stressful situation,” Latoya said. “They’re saying they’ve done stuff to her and they’re going to do me like they did her.”

Metro PD’s press release and more coverage follow afte the jump.

January 23, 2011

Arrest Made in the Homicide of Missing Person Latisha Frazier

( Washington, DC) — Detectives from the Metropolitan Police Department’s Homicide Branch announced today a suspect has been arrested in the homicide of Latisha Frazier.

On August 4, 2010, 18-year-old Latisha Frazier of the 4200 block of South Capitol Street, SE, was reported as a Missing Person. The case was assigned to a detective in the Seventh District who investigated. On January 21, 2011, information was developed that Latisha Frazier may have been murdered. The case was then assigned to the Homicide Branch-Major Case Squad.

On January 22, 2010, sufficient information and probable cause was established that on August 2, 2010, Latisha Frazier was at the 1700 block of Trenton Place SE, where she was assaulted during a dispute and was ultimately murdered. At this time, her remains have not been located.

The suspect, who has been identified as 23-year-old Brian Gaither of Southeast, has been charged with Murder Two and is scheduled to be arraigned tomorrow.

Police Chief Cathy L. Lanier commended Detective Jacqueline Middleton of the Seventh District Detectives Unit, Detective Jeffrey Owens and other Members of the Homicide Branch-Major Case Unit for their collaboration in bringing this case to a close.

“My heart goes out to the family of Latisha Frazier for their loss,” Chief Lanier said. “The community providing information to police and press coverage about Latisha’s disappearance were essential to us closing this case.”


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