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Search warrants show missing Chesterfield woman feared ex-boyfriend

Leyla Namiranian Leyla Namiranian

A missing Chesterfield woman wrote in her journal that her ex-boyfriend choked her and threatened her, leaving her in fear in the months before her disappearance, according to court documents.

Leyla Namiranian was last seen on April 4 and was reported missing when she didn't show up to work at Altria the next day, where she was employed as a marketing director. When detectives initially searched Namiranian's Midlothian home, they say they found her car in the driveway, with no signs of a struggle, though her purse and two cell phones were missing.

Search warrants unsealed Thursday in Chesterfield Circuit Court show police took several items from the home on Normandstone Drive on April 6, including a red journal. The court documents show Namiranian wrote that her ex-boyfriend Michael Edwards had said to her, "someday I'll see you out in the street and I'm gonna get you."

The journal also contained a February 19 entry which details a confrontation with Edwards, in which he choked her, documents show. The entry includes Namiranian noting Edwards' jealousy and states she was afraid of him, according to affidavits. Edwards and Namiranian had broken up three months prior to her disappearance.

Police also took a toothbrush, hair brush, lint roller from the home, as well as camera, according to the search warrants.

Police also searched Edwards' cell phone on April 6 and used the signal to find that it had been located near Namiranian's residence for about five hours on the day she was last seen, records show.

Affidavits also show Edwards initially refused to speak to police and once he did, there were several inconsistencies in his stories. He later admitted to lying to authorities and admitted to parking outside of her residence at the time matching the cell phone records, according to the affidavits.

Edwards' cell phone records also put him near where Namiranian's work cell phone was found, in the woods near the Atlee-Elmont exit off I-95. They also later put him at his residence in the 3800 block of Chamberlayne Ave.

Additional search warrants unsealed Thursday show police searched Edwards' 2002 Cadillac 4-door on April 7. They took cleaning supplies, duct tape, a blanket, a bucket, towels, a pink Nokia cell phone and other trace evidence. They also took a floor mat and carpet liner from the trunk. Police searched Namiranian's work cell phone on April 23.

Edwards told NBC12 in June he had nothing to do with Namiranian's disappearance.

"I didn't see her that night. I have nothing to do with it," he said at the time. He called her a great friend and said they "got along fine."

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