UPDATE: Police seek person of interest in missing mother case

Michael Solomon
Michael Solomon

By Tara Morgan - bio | email

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - Investigators from Richmond Police and Chesterfield County Police are looking for Michael Solomon. He has been identified as a person of interest in the disappearance of Tameka Claiborne.

Solomon drives a gold 2006 Chevrolet Malibu with Virginia license plate number XTU-2530, according to police. Solomon's car spotted around Wednesdat in Hopewell, but not recovered.

There is still no sign of a missing Richmond mother, after her 3-year-old son was found wandering alone in Chesterfield County late Tuesday night.

Tameka Claiborne, 27, hasn't been seen since Tuesday. Police believe she's in danger from the looks of her apartment on Blandy Avenue.

Police say he and Claiborne had a serious relationship; that although he has a address in Hopewell,  he was living with her in the Blandy Avenue home.

They stress that because of the vehicle being spotted, and Solomon's legal address, they would like people in the Hopewell area to be on the lookout in this case.

"If we find the car, we'll find Solomon, and he hopefully will lead us to Tameka Claiborne," said a Police spokesman.

Hours after the child was found by a resident -- the toddler's father, Hasaan Ellison, came forward to claim the boy. 

"He was surprised when he saw the photo on TV. He knew right away it was his son," said Chesterfield Police Capt. Terry Peterson. 

There was an active crime scene for most of Wednesday night at Claiborne's apartment in south Richmond. NBC12 saw detectives from the Richmond police major crimes unit working alongside a forensics team inside her apartment. They're being tight lipped  only to say it's suspicious.

Richmond police roped off Claiborne's apartment as forensics technicians snapped photos and collected evidence. Police wouldn't describe what they uncovered, but the evidence left them worried about her safety.

"We don't know what happened here other than the fact something in her apartment leads us to believe she may be in danger," said Gene Lepley with Richmond Police.

Claiborne indicated tough times on her Facebook page. Her status update on Sunday read in part: "The last few days have been bad for me... All in two days everything went bad, house bills, car broke down... missed work." She asked for prayers.

It's information that may now be on detectives' radars.

"In this internet era we certainly take a look at Facebook and Myspace postings, so I'm sure investigators have taken a look at that," said Lepley.

One neighbor, who didn't want to give her name, said she hadn't seen Claiborne in the last few days.

"She lived with some gentleman, I don't know if it was her boyfriend or not," said the neighbor.

The woman said she last spoke to Claiborne during a party they had together in June.

"It's really sad because, you know, they were nice people. They were nice to us. We would say hi to each other. I just think it's because no child should be left without a parent," said the neighbor.

If you know anything about Michael Solomon or Tameka Claiborne's whereabouts call Crime Stoppers at 780-1000 or they can call Richmond Police detective Mark Williams directly at 513-0955.  

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