Body of Young Mother Kidnapped From Boston Bar Found in Suspect's Trunk
These cases leave people wondering how to stay safe when they go out for the night.
After a 23-year-old woman was kidnapped from a Boston bar nearly a week ago, authorities say her body was found in the trunk of the suspect's car.
Jassy Correia, a mom of a 2-year-old girl, was last seen on surveillance video in the early hours of Feb. 24 leaving the Venu Nightclub in Boston with a man, Boston police say. Wearing an orange jumpsuit and jean jacket, she then got into a red car with that man.
Correia's family became worried when her father and brother tried to reach her on her birthday Tuesday, the Daily Mail reported. A missing person's report was filed on Wednesday.
On Thursday, police identified the man seen in the video with Correia as 32-year-old Louis D. Coleman of Rhode Island. He was arrested in Delaware later that day after a a multi-state manhunt, according to the Daily Mail.
Police said Correia's body was found in the trunk of Coleman's car when he was captured.
Coleman was charged in Delaware with being a fugitive from another state, NECN reported. He will be sent back to Rhode Island, where he is expected to face charges including kidnapping, refusal to report a death with intent to conceal a crime and mutilation of a dead human body, according to the news site. It's unclear if he'll face charges in Boston.
It was not immediately clear if Coleman had a lawyer or representative.
"She was a mother, she was brave, she was strong,” said Correia’s cousin Katia Depina, according to NECN. "She did not deserve this. She went out to celebrate her birthday and never returned home. She did not deserve this. We want justice for her death."
"Women should have the right to go to any nightclub and wear what they want and not worry about being kidnapped and murdered at the end of their night," said family friend Joao Depin, according to NECN.
Two other women were also recently kidnapped from bars; one in Boston and the other in Kentucky. The cases leave people wondering how to stay safe when they go out for the night.
Security expert Steve Kardian says women must always remain vigilant when they go out.
“Number one, never accept a drink from a stranger. Number two, if you are receiving a drink from the bar, watch it being poured. Number three, if you have to turn away, cover the drink and never leave your drink unattended," he told Inside Edition.
He says women are most at risk when they are alone.
"When you come in and when you leave, watch your surroundings. Watch for somebody who is paying too much attention to you. Lastly, make sure you don’t leave alone, and let somebody know, and never leave a friend behind," Kardian added.
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