Police are questioning a man and woman in connection with the murder of a Riverdale mother of two whose partially-nude body was found behind a Jonesboro apartment complex.
Though police have narrowed the suspects to the pair, they still don’t have a motive for the killing.
“There is a connection and close relation to the victim,” Jonesboro Police Chief Franklin Allen said Friday. “We’re not sure of the motive at this time.”
Investigators have not released how Ms. Rochelle Alicia Thomas died, but they believe she may have also been sexually assaulted, Chief Allen said.
Ms. Thomas, 30, dropped off her two sons, 12 and 8, at school about 7 a.m. Wednesday, but she was not there to meet them at the bus stop at 3 p.m., Chief Allen said.
“I thought maybe it would just be a half hour later, she would be home,” the woman’s son, Alex Thomas told Channel 2 Action News.
“I called her and she didn’t answer. I thought she would call back, but we kept trying and she wouldn’t answer,” son Shamar Edwards said.
The boys contacted their grandmother who tried all day to reach her daughter. She finally called the Riverdale Police Department to report Ms. Thomas missing.
A resident at the Harmony Crossroads Apartment on Tara Boulevard in Jonesboro found the woman’s partially nude body in a wooded area on Wednesday, about 40 to 50 yards from the complex, Chief Allen said.
But she had no identification on her and Jonesboro police didn’t discover it was Ms. Thomas until Thursday.
“We’re not sure if she was killed there or somewhere else and disposed of on the property,” Chief Allen said.
Ms. Thomas’ car was located Thursday afternoon at a Clayton County location, police said. But they declined to say where.
Medical examiners with the Georgia Bureau of Investigations completed an autopsy Thursday on Ms. Thomas, but police are withholding the results, including the cause of Ms. Thomas’ death.
Still, Chief Allen said she had “severe life-ending injuries.”
“Whoever did this to my child, God help you,” Ms. Rochelle Thomas’ mother, Ms. Beverly Thomas, told Channel 2. “You’ve torn up my family and hurt us badly.”
Police have not yet released the names of the suspects or the charges they face in Ms. Thomas’ death.
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