UPDATE: Body found in Charles City County

Michael Solomon
Michael Solomon
"A" marks where the body was found, Route 156 is James Harrison Bridge in Hopewell
"A" marks where the body was found, Route 156 is James Harrison Bridge in Hopewell

By Melissa Correa - bio | email
Posted by Phil Riggan – email

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - It appears the search for Tameka Claiborne may be over. A body found nearly 30 miles from Richmond in Charles City County this morning is believed to be that of the missing mother.

It has not been confirmed that the body is that of Tameka Claiborne, 27, who hasn't been seen since Tuesday, but Richmond Police crime scene investigators were on the scene. The body is now with the Richmond medical examiner.

The area around the bank of the river is covered in brush, capped in by tall trees. The spot where the body was found sits just six miles down river from Hopewell.

Police believed Wednesday that Claiborne was in danger judging by the looks of her apartment on Blandy Avenue in Richmond. Her 3-year-old son was found wandering alone in Chesterfield County late Tuesday night.

A man police first dubbed "a person of interest" in Claiborne's disappearance, Michael D. Solomon, 28, turned himself in at police headquarters at about 9:30 a.m. this morning. He had been sought by police since the boy was found Tuesday night.

Solomon is being held in the Richmond City Jail on two prior charges not directly related to the investigation -- failure to pay child support and a weapons charge in Hopewell, according to Jerry Baldwin of the Richmond Police Department.

Police are still looking for Solomon's 2006 gold Chevy Malibu with license plate XTU-2530.

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

This morning, an ambulance was called to the scene and according to Sgt. Tom Molnar of the Virginia State Police, the body has not been removed from the scene.

Around 10:30 a.m. this morning, a worker showed up to an uninhabited house near a small beach along the James River.  He was there to clean the chimney.  He was walking along the beach and came up on a body wrapped in bed linens.

According to a witness who briefly saw the body, it was wrapped tightly -- mummy style -- and was tied with a thin rope, similar to a phone cord.

The man immediately called Charles City County police and the property owner.

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