UPDATE: Body Found In Trunk Of Car In Mansfield Identified

  • 7/15/2017 2:45:53 PM
  • Kelly Stobie
  • Local News

MANSFIELD, OH - The body of a woman found in the trunk of a vehicle on Saturday has been identified.

The body has been identified as Tamara R. Harris according to the Richland County Coroner’s Office. The victim is the wife of the Dequalan Dejuan Harris, who has been arrested and charged in the case.

On July 15th, 2017, the Mansfield Division of Police was contacted by the Cedar Hill, TX Police Department and asked to check a residence in the city for a female subject who had been reported as missing from their jurisdiction.

When officers arrived at the residence in the area of Woodridge Drive, they located the missing female's vehicle parked in front of the residence.

Officers spoke with a male subject at the house who said that he had not seen the missing female since Thursday when he picked up a child at her home in Texas. When he was told that Cedar Hill (TX) Police Department wanted him detained, a struggle ensued and he attempted to run away.

After a short chase and tasing the man, he was taken into custody. As officers continued their investigation and towing of the vehicle, officers opened the trunk of the car and found the deceased female victim.

The vehicle was then secured and the Richland County Coroner and Richland County Prosecutors Office personnel responded to the scene which was processed by the Mansfield Police Crime Lab. The Richland County Coroner took control of the body which has yet to be positively identified and is pending an autopsy to determine the exact cause of death.

This case remains ongoing and additional information will be released as it becomes available.

The Mansfield Division of Police arrested Dequalan Dejaun Harris of Cedar Hill, Texas and charged him with Obstructing Official Business, Resisting Arrest, and Abuse of a Corpse.

This investigation is ongoing and in collaboration with the Cedar Hill (TX) Police Department. Anyone with information is asked to contact Major Crimes Sergeant Matt Loughman (419) 755-9761 or Detective David Scheurer at (419) 755-9748. 

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