BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Police now believe the deaths of a missing woman and a man’s body found in Baltimore may be connected.

They said they found a woman’s body, who they believe is 50-year-old Charla Melvin, wrapped in blankets and plastic in the 2300 block of Hollins Street, on Saturday after she had been reported missing on September 9.

Police suspect that Melvin was the victim of foul play after her cousin, Thomas Davis, Jr.’s body was found on September 10 in Eastwood Park. They determined he had died by suicide.

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“We continue to look at what the MO was leading up to the homicide,” Baltimore County Police Corporal Sean Vinson said. “But at this point, we do have evidence that there was some type of conflict between the cousin and Ms. Melvin.”

Melvin’s family had said while police were still searching for her that it was unlikely for her to be missing or out of contact from them.

Her car, a 2017 Hyundai Santa Fe, was located Monday morning on Manhattan Avenue at Jonquil Avenue. It has been taken for forensic examination.

Police said initial findings show the woman died from sharp-force trauma.

Friends and family gathered around candlelight over the weekend to honor and remember a woman they said inspired everyone around her.

“She was always that bright light,” Melvin’s cousin Dena Fisher said. “Very powerful dynamic, funny, determined, inspired individual.”

The body is awaiting official identification via the medical examiner’s office.

Rachel Menitoff

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