BOSTON (CBS) – A woman who was kidnapped in Boston last weekend has been found dead and a suspect is in custody. Louis Coleman III, the man wanted for kidnapping 23-year-old Jassy Correia, was arrested following a chase in Delaware Thursday afternoon. The young mother’s body was discovered in the trunk of the car being driven by Coleman, according to Correia’s family.
“A body has been recovered and we are awaiting a positive identification at this time,” Boston Police said. “The cause and manner of death are pending.”
Agonizing days of hopeful waiting were turned into grief as family members were told her body was discovered. Detectives met with the family in a Dorchester home not long after the man suspected in her disappearance was arrested.
A be on the lookout for the Providence, Rhode Island man was canceled Thursday afternoon after he was located by Delaware police. Investigators said Coleman kidnapped Correia early Sunday morning.
Providence Police searched Coleman’s apartment, but would not say what they found.
“We conducted a search warrant of the apartment here, inside 95 Chestnut, but I cannot talk about the details about what was uncovered,” said Providence Police Chief Hugh Clements Jr. “We are treating it as a homicide investigation.”
Police say Coleman was not previously known to them.
One neighbor who spoke with WBZ says she’s met Coleman on multiple occasions, and that he seemed like a regular, nice guy. “He was just having a normal conversation with me,” said Nidhi Sharma, who was stunned. “He seemed honestly really nice, so this is even scarier.”
Correia was last seen leaving the Venu nightclub in Boston’s Theater District, where she had been celebrating her birthday late Saturday night.
Police released a photo of Coleman Thursday, saying they were searching for him, Correia and a red car that he was believed to be using. They said Coleman was last seen in Providence Thursday morning.
Boston Police say Correia left the club with a man, now identified as Coleman, just after midnight Sunday. A short time later she was spotted getting into a car with him in the area of Tremont and Herald streets.
Correia’s cousin told WBZ-TV Thursday that friends and family do not recognize Coleman.
Correia, who lives in Lynn, didn’t show up to pick up her two-year-old daughter Sunday and she didn’t answer any phone calls or text messages.
“Sunday, when the grandmother call, she didn’t answer the phone, so everything’s, like, starting to be crazy,” Correia’s father Joaquin told WBZ-TV before breaking down in tears.
Friends and family filed a missing persons report Monday. They hung missing person posters outside of the Venu nightclub Thursday morning, hoping to generate leads in the case.
Victoria Maestre is Jassy Correia’s best friend and the godmother of her daughter. Maestre said her friend’s disappearance has been devastating.
“This is heartbreaking. It’s unexplainable. I’m pretty much speechless. I don’t understand,” said Maestre.
The Correia family has set up a GoFundMe page to help Jassy’s daughter.