Body of missing Boston woman found in trunk; suspect in custody

Boston kidnapping suspect Louis Coleman and victim Jassy Correia

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — The body of a missing Boston woman has been recovered and the Providence man accused of kidnapping her last weekend is now in custody.

Jassy Correia, 23, was last seen around 12:15 a.m. leaving the Venu nightclub and getting into a red car with a man in the area of Tremont and Herald Streets, according to police.

Photo courtesy: BPD News

The suspect was identified Thursday as Louis D. Coleman III, 32, and police disseminated photos of him and the vehicle hoping the public could help track him down.

Boston police said that Coleman was apprehended Thursday during a traffic stop in Delaware and that a body was recovered inside his vehicle, though they have not been confirmed if it is Correia’s body.

Correia’s brother told reporters in Boston that his sister was found dead in the trunk of the car.

Detectives were seen investigating Thursday at a condominium complex at 95 Chestnut St. in Providence. Police confirmed to Target 12 that the search was connected to Correia’s disappearance and said they found bleach inside a dumpster outside the building.

During a news conference Thursday evening, Providence Police Col. Hugh Clements said it’s being treated as a homicide investigation.

Sources tell Target 12 police have obtained surveillance video showing whom they believe to be the suspect carrying Correia into the Chestnut Street building. The video then shows the suspect leaving the apartment with two suitcases. Correia is not seen leaving the building and sources say she was not found inside the apartment.

Clements declined to comment on what was found inside Coleman’s unit or what the surveillance footage showed, saying only that the video was “very helpful.” He also noted that Coleman was not previously known to police.

Police will continue to investigate at the complex Thursday night, according to Clements.

Anyone with information relevant to the case is asked to call 911 immediately or leave an anonymous tip by calling the CrimeStoppers Tip Line at 1 (800) 494-TIPS or by texting the word ‘TIP’ to CRIME (27463).

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