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DeLand man charged in girlfriend's murder, auto theft
Car was stolen at Hunter's Creek
By Jen Horton
posted Aug 3, 2013 - 11:52:44am
The DeLand Police have released the name of the victim — Alyssa Oakes, 19, of DeLand.
A DeLand man is in jail in Orange County, charged with car theft and second-degree murder. Police said a body found in Lake County may have been taken there from DeLand. The body is believed to be that of the girlfriend of Khambrel Hadley, 20, according to the DeLand Police Department. Her name was not released by police.
The DeLand Police Department became involved in the case at 5:21 a.m. Aug. 2, when a DeLand officer responded to a stolen-car report called in from Hunter's Creek Apartments. The car owner told police he had seen Hadley driving the vehicle.
In the meantime, according to DeLand Police Deputy Chief Randel Henderson, Hadley's mother called the Orlando Police Department, and reported that her son had told her he killed his girlfriend and dumped the body in a wooded area in an unknown location.
In response to the mother's call, Henderson said, the DeLand Police Department went to Hadley's apartment at 11:50 a.m. Friday for a well-being check. The apartment was unlocked, Henderson said, and officers entered and determined that a full search of the apartment was warranted.
When officers returned with a search warrant, Henderson said, they discovered evidence in the apartment that verified information given by Hadley's mother to the Orlando police.
These developments led to the search in Lake County, Henderson said, where the body was found near the intersection of State Road 46 and County Road 437.
Hadley was found in Orlando and arrested there by the Orlando Police Department, charged with auto theft and homicide.
Investigators are continuing to work on the case, Henderson said, both at Hunter's Creek and at the scene where the body was found.
"The investigation remains active and ongoing," Henderson said."Additional information is not available at this time, since investigators continue efforts to link pieces of the case together."
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