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Police Believe Missing Woman Last Seen Entering Atlanta Apartment In July Never Came Out Alive
Atlanta police have identified Steven Oboite and Diante Reynolds as suspects in the July disappearance and presumed murder of 24-year-old Allahnia Lenoir. Oboite has yet to be apprehended.
Police officials in Atlanta say a woman last seen entering an apartment complex to meet two men never came out alive.
Allahnia Lenoir, 24, was last seen in the early morning hours of July 31 when she used her ID to enter the Peachtree Midtown Apartments at 1600 Peachtree Street NE. Authorities with the Atlanta Police Department had remained tight-lipped about her disappearance until a press conference on Tuesday announcing the missing woman’s case was now a homicide investigation.
“At this point, we have developed enough evidence to suggest that Allahnia was murdered and her body was disposed of,” Atlanta Police Major Peter Malecki stated.
On July 30 — hours before her disappearance — Allahnia Lenoir traveled from her Douglasville, Georgia, home to meet a girlfriend in Atlanta, some 30 miles away. The two women had plans to meet two men at the apartment complex, though it wasn’t previously clear if the meeting ever took place.
On Tuesday, police released the identities of the two men, now suspects in Lenoir’s presumed murder: Diante Reynolds, 29, who is already in custody; and Steven Oboite, also 29, who remains at large.
Both men were inside the apartment when surveillance footage showed Lenoir entering. According to police, Lenoir and the men “were not complete strangers.”
“We were able to determine through technology and search warrants that were obtained in this investigation an approximate location where we believe Allahnia may be located,” said Malecki. “We do know that she did not, at any point, leave 1660 Peachtree Street on her own accord.”
Police said they believe Lenoir was murdered inside the apartment, though they declined to comment on how they think she was killed.
Despite “numerous searches,” including the use of cadaver dogs and searches by detectives and recruit classes, Lenoir’s body has not been located.
Jail records reviewed by Oxygen.com show that Reynolds was booked into the Fulton County jail on Sept. 9, where he was charged with murder, concealment of death, tampering with evidence and other charges related to drugs and forgery. The offense date listed alongside the charges is July 31 — the day police believe Lenoir was murdered.
Authorities believe Steven Oboite, who is also charged with murder and concealment of death, is still in the metro Atlanta area and are appealing for information about his whereabouts.
Malecki stated Reynolds has not been cooperative with investigators but hopes the apprehension of the second suspect will help them glean more information about a possible motive behind Lenoir’s murder.
“We do believe that they do know the whereabouts of Allahnia, so that’s one of our hopes,” said Malecki. “That during this second apprehension, that we will get that information and be able to bring her home to her family.”
The female friend who was supposed to be with Lenoir on the night of her disappearance was not a suspect in the case.
“At this point, we are still exploring everything,” said Malecki. “The evidence we have at this point does not suggest that that individual was culpable in the disappearance or death of Allahnia."
Lenoir’s mother, Janette Jackson, previously spoke to Atlanta’s WSB-TV about the pain of not knowing where to find her daughter.
“Nobody deserves to just disappear,” said Jackson. “Every day is getting harder, obviously, because the reality of time not being on my side or my daughter’s side is hurting, is painful.”
Atlanta’s homicide and adult missing person unit says Lenoir is 5’4” and 120 pounds with black hair and brown eyes and was last seen wearing a blue shirt, blue shorts, and cream-colored shoes.