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Police find missing car in connection to Claiborne murder

Michael D. Solomon Michael D. Solomon
Tameka Claiborne Tameka Claiborne

By: Laura Geller - bio | email

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - Richmond police have confirmed they have found the gold Chevy Malibu that belongs to Michael Solomon.

The car was found in the 1600 block of Autumn Drive in Hopewell.

Earlier Saturday Richmond police and the state medical examiner identified the body found in Charles City Friday as missing Richmond mother Tameka Claiborne.

Police say her death is being investigated as a murder.

Saturday's identification confirms the outcome family and friends feared all along.

A situation they hoped would end differently.

"I tell you no lie. We were hoping that she would turn up somewhere else," said Claiborne's neighbor Kenneth DeCambra. "Unfortunately, she turned up the way she did."

Those who knew and loved Tameka are struggling to understand how they ended up here.

"The community is heartbroken right now," said DeCambra. "She was a part of this community."

So was her son Malik Ellison.

Less than a week ago, the three-year-old was discovered by himself at a Chesterfield apartment complex.

He was sitting on the bumper of a truck, crying.

This community first knew something was wrong when they heard Malik was found alone so far from their Richmond home.

They say Claiborne was a devoted mom and even at afternoons here at the pool, she would never let her son out of her sight.

"Now we have a child with no mother," said DeCambra.

Friday Claiborne's boyfriend Michael Solomon turned himself over to Richmond police.

While authorities confirmed Saturday they're investigating her death as a murder, so far Solomon has not been charged with anything relating to the incident.

Those who live nearby say the relationship had become troubled.

"Leading up to the day it happened, it was real intense between the two," said DeCambra. "A friend of mine had already intervened in an argument that they were having so it wasn't going right."

Solomon remains behind bars.

Now, loved ones wonder if there's anything else they could have done.

"I just hope that justice is served swiftly," said DeCambra.

Police say the discovery of Solomon's vehicle Saturday may provide more clues into what happened to Tameka.

If you have any information that could help investigators solve this case call Crime Stoppers at 780-1000.

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