A man from Texas has been arrested by police after his wife’s body was found in the trunk of a vehicle he drove to go visit a love interest he met online.
Dequalan Dejuan Harris, 35, and his wife Tamara R. Harris, 33, were in the process of getting a divorce when she was found dead in the trunk of her own car which was driven by her estranged husband. Cedar Hill police disclosed that the couple has a previous non-violent call history to 911.
Tamara, from Cedar Hill, Texas had been reported missing on Friday. Her relatives who had not heard from her or her young child for several days were the ones who notified Cedar Hill police that she was missing. Officers used the OnStar system in her 2015 Chevy Traverse to try and find her. They were able to locate her car in Mansfield, Ohio, about 1,150miles away from Cedar Hill and they notified Mansfield Police.
Mansfield Police found the car parked on the street on Saturday morning while Dequalan was inside one of the homes with another woman. The woman was Demika Rucker, who Dequalan met online. He had driven 17 hours from Texas to Ohio to meet her. Demika said Dequalan arrived her home at about 3.30pm on Friday.
Tamara and Dequalan were in the process of divorce according to Cedar Hill police and the couple has a previous non-violent call history to 911.
Mansfield police Det. Lt. Rob Skropits Monday said that Dequalan Harris drove 17 hours to Mansfield, Ohio, “for love” or “an internet connection.”
A sergeant from the Cedar Hill Police Department told Mansfield police Tamara had been missing from their jurisdiction for a few days, according to the court record. The sergeant also told Ohio officers that the victim’s OnStar feature in her car indicated the vehicle was in the area of 424 Woodridge Drive.
Prior to towing the victim’s vehicle, a 2015 Chevy Traverse, officers checked the trunk and found a dead woman.
Demika Rucker, Dequalan’s girlfriend, told police that Harris arrived at her residence around 3:30 p.m. Friday, according to the court record.
A $1 million cash bond was set Monday for Dequalan Harris. He was charged with abuse of a corpse, a fifth-degree felony, after the body was found in the rear compartment of a vehicle parked in the 400 block of Woodridge Drive.
When Dequalan talked to officers, he said he had not seen Tamara since Thursday, when he picked up a child at her residence in Texas.
Richland County Children Services is assisting police with the care of the child found with Dequalan Harris and is working with Texas officials, said Mansfield police Det. Lt. Rob Skropits.
Cedar Hill police say Dequalan remains in custody in Ohio and charges from their agency are pending.