Ex-Boyfriend Arrested After Bodies Of Missing Mom & Daughter Are Found
By Jovonne Ledet
March 24, 2023
The ex-boyfriend of a Washington mother who went missing and was found dead along with her daughter has been arrested.
Kirkland Warren was detained Sunday (March 19) on charges of tampering with a witness, violation of domestic violence orders, and unlawful possession of a firearm, in connection to the disappearance and death of 27-year-old mother Meshay Melendez and her seven-year-old daughter Layla Stewart, 7, according to a Vancouver police news release, per People.
Vancouver police said the mother and daughter were last seen alive on March 12. A friend told police that they last saw Melendez "unresponsive and naked from the waist down" in the car of Warren, her ex-boyfriend.
On Wednesday (March 23), a person reported a sighting in a rural area of two "life-sized mannequins" that police believe are the remains of the mother and daughter. An autopsy has been requested to determine their official cause of death.
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