A teenager’s dead body has been found under a pile of clothes on an apartment balcony by a cleaner, few months after she went missing.
Audreona Barnes, currently 18 years old, was last seen on July 30, 2021. She spoke with her family for the last time by phone that day before disappearing.
Now her boyfriend Bennie Washington, 39 years of old, has been charged with aggravated murder and gross abuse of a corpse after her fatal shooting, Cleveland.com reports.
Barnes’ dead body was found last Thursday, March 17, on the balcony of Bennie’s former apartment on Warner Road, in the Broadway-Slavic Village area of Cleveland, from where he had been evicted last March.
A cleaner reportedly called police after finding Ms Barnes’ body on a balcony under a pile of clothes and blankets packed there.
Investigators said that it seemed as though the body had been put outside intentionally to actually speed up decomposition.
Court documents reportedly stated that Ms Barnes had been shot in the head and investigators found bullet casings close to the body as well as a bullet hole in an apartment wall.
Members of the public had spoken of Bennie Washington’s “erratic behaviour in public” ahead of his arrest.
This reportedly included him running from police and escaping through someone’s home, before he was finally arrested the next day, last Sunday, March 20.
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