HAMPTON, Va. (WRIC) — Virginia State Police are asking for the public’s help to gather information regarding an ongoing criminal investigation after officers pulled over a Richmond woman during a traffic stop and found human remains in her car over the weekend.
Police say that around 8:20 a.m. on Saturday, June 6, a state trooper stopped a black 2003 Ford Mustang on Interstate 64 near Exit 265 in the City of Hampton. The traffic stop was for expired license plates on the Mustang.
In the midst of the traffic stop, the trooper discovered human remains concealed inside the Mustang.
According to a search warrant, among the items seized from the car included an Apple iPhone, two towels, a toothbrush, a sun shade, carpet from the trunk, a letter along with an envelope, two license plates from the car, a paper box, a black plastic bag containing ‘possible’ human remains, a white sweater containing fibers (possibly hair), carpet from floor in the back seat area, a tissue swab from Slaton for her DNA, other DNA samples from the vehicle, keys on key ring a YMCA card.
The remains were transported to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Norfolk for examination, autopsy and positive identification.
State Police have charged the driver of the Mustang, 44-year-old Tonya M. Slaton, of the 100 block of North Foushee Street in Richmond, with concealment of a dead body. She is being held at the Hampton Roads Regional Jail in Portsmouth without bond.
Those with information about Slaton or the black 2003 Mustang can contact the Virginia State Police at 757-424-6800 or #77 on a cell phone, or you can click HERE to email questions.
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