Ladawndra Ellington dead: Ladawndra Ellington cause of death – obituary – tributes
- Date of death: September 11, 2020
- Age: 31 year old
- Cause of death: vehicle crash
How did Ladawndra Ellington die?
Authorities released the identity of a woman whose remains were found in a duffel bag allegedly carried on a Greyhound bus by her Kentucky-based boyfriend who traveled to south suburban Markham to visit his parents.
The woman was identified as 31-year-old Ladawndra Ellington of Louisville, Kentucky, according to the Jefferson County coroner’s office.
Ellington was Martin’s girlfriend, and the couple lived together in Kentucky, police said.
Melvin Martin Jr. was initially charged with being a fugitive from justice in Ellington’s death, Markham city spokesman Michael Taylor said.
Melvin appeared at a court hearing and agreed to not fight extradition and return to Kentucky to face charges including murder, abuse of a corpse and tampering with evidence.
He was ordered held without bail by a Cook County judge who said authorities from Kentucky would pick him up for transfer within 30 days.
Police said Martin took a Greyhound bus from his home in Louisville to Chicago last Friday to travel to his mother’s home in south suburban Markham. They said he traveled with multiple bags of his girlfriend’s remains.
“(His mother) was devastated. She was devastated still when she was talking to me,” neighbor Hazel Brown said. “I think she’s going to need a lot of help. I really feel sorry for her, really.”
Brown said Martin’s mother tried to explain to her what happened. The mother and son had reportedly been estranged for years.
Investigators believe Martin killed Ellington last month. A head and other body parts were discovered Tuesday in three bags.
“This was a particularly heinous crime in that the offender in this case dismembered her body,” Markham Police Chief Terry White said.
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