Police find missing Milford Mill woman’s body and car in city, suspect cousin in her death

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Charla Melvin. Photo courtesy of Baltimore County Police Department.

Police have located the car of Milford Mill resident Charla Melvin, whose body was found over the weekend in Southwest Baltimore.

In a release put out Monday afternoon, county police said homicide detectives have taken the black Hyundai Santa Fe, discovered at Manhattan and Jonquil avenues in the city’s Glen neighborhood, for forensic examination.

One day earlier, the department said Baltimore police detectives called them to another crime scene in the city on Saturday, this one in Southwest Baltimore, after finding a woman’s body wrapped in blankets and trash bags in an abandoned lot, outlets reported.

Initial findings were that she died of sharp force trauma, police said. “Investigators are confident that the body is that of Charla Melvin,” county police said in a release today.

Melvin’s family reported her missing Sept. 9, two days after they’d last seen her at her home in Milford Mill. The body of her cousin, Thomas Davis, was found hanging from a tree outside Carver Vo-Tech High School in West Baltimore, also on Sept. 9. (Some community leaders raised concerns about lacking trauma support for children who’d found it uncovered there; some were seen taking photos.)

Police have determined he committed suicide. In a release over the weekend, county authorities said they “suspected that Ms. Melvin was the victim of foul play” after her cousin’s death. A department spokesman told The Sun that investigators think Davis was involved in Melvin’s murder, but are working “to shore up enough evidence” to prove it.

Family and friends of Melvin held a candlelight vigil outside her home last night. Police had announced hours earlier that they’d located her body.

Attendees prayed silently, and one of her cousins remembered her as someone who “inspired everyone around her.” Another, who helped organize the vigil, told WMAR 2, “she was a beautiful soul and I just wanted people to know how beautiful she was.”

“It was an opportunity to let her soul rest and release her soul,” said her daughter, Marquitta Rose.

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Ethan McLeod

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Ethan has been editing and reporting for Baltimore Fishbowl since fall of 2016. His previous stops include Fox 45, CQ Researcher and Connection Newspapers in Virginia. His freelance writing has been featured in CityLab, Slate, Baltimore City Paper, DCist and elsewhere.
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