Richmond woman arrested after human remains found in car

Richmond woman arrested after human remains found in car
Tonya Slaton (Credit: Virginia State Police)

HAMPTON, VA (WWBT) - Virginia State Police say a traffic stop took a grisly turn when a trooper discovered human remains hidden inside the vehicle.

Investigators say on Saturday morning, a State Police trooper pulled over a 2003 Ford Mustang traveling east on Interstate 64 in Hampton for expired license plates.

A search warrant of the vehicle describes "possible human remains" being found in a black, plastic bag.  The remains were taken to the Medical Examiner's office for examination, autopsy, and positive identification.

The Mustang's driver, 44-year-old Tonya M. Slaton of the 100 block of North Foushee Street in Richmond, was arrested and charged with concealment of a dead body (Code of Virginia 18.2-323.02). She is being held at the City of Hampton Jail without bond.

Slaton was scheduled to appear in court on this issue this past Monday, but that court hearing has been pushed back to June 22nd.

Authorities aren't saying how the body reportedly got in the car or the circumstances surrounding that death, but Slaton had a toothbrush in her car and has ties to the Hampton area.

NBC12 discovered through a check of court records, Tonya Slaton was charged with shooting into an occupied dwelling and attempting to maim in a Hampton case dating back to October 2007. According to records, she was given two-years in jail for that incident.

A search warrant of the Mustang reveals the items confiscated as possible evidence in the investigation:

Anyone with information about Slaton or the black 2003 Mustang can contact the Virginia State Police at 757-424-6800 or #77 on a cell phone, or email

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