Murdered―and Missing

How do you prosecute murder cases when the principal evidence—the body of the murder victim—can’t be found?

Latisha Frazier

Latisha Frazier

Latisha Frazier, an 18-year-old mother living in D.C. who was working full time at McDonalds, and trying to go back to school, disappeared last summer soon after a friend accused her of stealing money from him.

Authorities believe she was the victim of a brutal attack by six people. According to court documents, Frazier was beaten, stomped, bound, taped, gagged, prodded and choked. Her head was covered with a sheet. Tossed into a closet, she finally died. Her body was thrown into a dumpster.

In January and February 2011, six people were arrested on suspicion of killing Frazier in August 2010: Johnnie Sweet, 17; Cinthya Proctor, 18; Anneka Nelson, 16; Laurence Hassan, 23; Brian Gaither, 23; and Lanee Bell, 17.  According to charging documents in the cases, all except  Bell  admitted to killing Frazier, detailing to police the gruesome ways they abused and injured her.

But while confessions have helped build the cases against the six defendants, one piece of evidence remains elusive.

Frazier’s body.

Read the rest at The Crime Report

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