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Missing Detroit Mom Killed, Dismembered, Found In Bags Hidden In Boyfriend’s Home
Latima Warren was reported missing just after Christmas. Her boyfriend, Rondell Watters, was arrested on Jan. 17, which is when cadaver dogs found human remains during a warranted search.
A 32-year-old Detroit woman who vanished late last year was killed and dismembered by her boyfriend, who concealed her remains in bags scattered throughout his home, officials have said.
Warren was first reported missing by the grandmother of her children Dec. 28. Detroit Police, along with the assistance of the Michigan State Police, arrested Watters at his home on Jan. 17 while serving a search warrant.
Following a search of Watters’ property that day, a cadaver dog found human remains — which they ultimately determined were Warren — hidden in a bag in his home’s basement. A child, who was unharmed, was also found in the house at the time, according to WJBK.
The following day, authorities recovered additional body parts found in the residence’s upstairs area.
The Michigan mother's death wasruled a homicide by the Wayne County Medical Examiner’s Office; evidence reflects that she was shot and killed. Watters was ultimately charged with open murder, mutilation of a body, and one count of tampering with evidence.
Police officials confirmed Warren and Watters had been dating. The couple also shared a 3-month-old son together.
“Our hearts go out to the family and friends of Ms. Warren,” Detroit Police Chief James White said in a statement sent to Oxygen.com on Monday. “This is beyond tragic, and I am thankful for the men and women of the Detroit Police Department who have worked tirelessly on this case."
Warren’s family are now grieving the Michigan mother’s sudden death.
Her relatives had previously accused Detroit police detectives of not taking Warren’s disappearance seriously in the case’s early stages.
“It was pretty hard,” Adrian Warren, her older brother, told the Detroit News, recalling when his sister abruptly disappeared in December. “I knew something was wrong.”
Warren, a mother of four children, had two boys and two girls, according to reports. The family is now raising money for her funeral online.
“My soul it at peace because I know I did all I could do to bring Tima back to her beautiful babies alive, her life was cut short,” Warren’s grandmother wrote on GoFundMe. “I come to you asking for your support to assist the family with laying Tima to rest, make sure she has a headstone, and keep her memory alive for her four babies.”
The family’s fundraiser has since raised more than $8,000 in donations.
No further information was released by law enforcement. A spokesperson for the Detroit Police Department declined to comment further on the open case when contacted by Oxygen.com on Monday afternoon.
Watters was arraigned in 36th District Court in Detroit, according to prosecutors. He’s currently being held without bond at a Wayne County detention facility, separate online jail records show. He’s scheduled to appear in court for a probable cause hearing on Feb. 3 at 8:30 a.m., and his preliminary hearing is set for Feb. 10.
As of Monday, it wasn't immediately clear whether the 44-year-old Michigan man had retained legal counsel.