DETROIT (AP) — The bodies of two women discovered buried in woods on the west side of Detroit are likely the remains of two housemates who witnesses claim were forced into a car trunk at gunpoint nearly a month ago, police said.
Abreeya Brown, 18, and Ashley Conaway, 21, were abducted Feb. 28 by two armed men outside their home in the nearby enclave of Hamtramck, according to Brown's stepfather. Charles McGinnis told police he exchanged gunfire with the captors before they drove away. Relatives said one of the women was able to send text messages for a short time from inside the trunk, but that neither had been heard from since.
"On the surface, they fit the description of the two missing ladies," Chief Ralph Godbee told reporters at the scene on Sunday, adding: "We're going to be out here a long time."
No one has been charged in the disappearance and deaths of Brown and Conaway.
Conaway's ex-boyfriend, 26-year-old Brandon Cain, and another man were charged earlier this month in a Feb. 8 shooting involving the missing women. Cain and Brian Lee, 24, are in custody and have not been charged in the women's disappearance.
Lee had been scheduled for a preliminary examination in district court on Monday, but it was adjourned until Friday, the same day Cain is expected to be in court.
Brown's grandmother, Joyce Watson, 84, said police called late Sunday afternoon to notify her that the bodies had been found. She told the Detroit Free Press that Brown's mother was a "wreck."
"It's hard. But she wasn't too surprised," Watson said of Lois Brown. "She just said she wanted closure. She knew they couldn't live this long."