IREDELL COUNTY, N.C. (WBTV) - Remains found in a wooded area of Mooresville in Jan. have been identified as a woman who was reported missing in 2016, and investigators say she was shot to death.
Anastasia Talisha Meaders, who went by “Star,” was reported missing in June 2016 after she was last seen at a business in Mecklenburg County. The following month her vehicle was found at Liberty Park in Mooresville, but the 29-year-old was never seen alive again.
On Jan. 15, 2019, skeletal remains were found scattered in a wooded area off Bridgewater Lane, just a few miles from where Meaders’ vehicle was found.
Detectives spent two days collecting evidence from the area and determined the victim died from a gunshot wound to the head. Because of the condition of the remains, it took investigators about 10 months to identify Meaders.
Now that Meaders’ case has shifted from a missing person to a homicide, detectives are re-focused on finding out more information about her abandoned car at Liberty Park, nearby where her body was found.
“We have strong suspicions or the evidence shows that most likely she was transported in that vehicle. But somebody left that vehicle abandoned. If anybody may have offered a ride, or seen somebody leave that vehicle around, I know its been three years ago but anything like that would benefit us," said Sheriff Darren Campbell.
Meaders’ family is heartbroken but also hopes that the positive identification is one step closer to justice for their daughter.
“I just hope the person who killed my daughter, goes to trial," said Anastasia’s father, Tiras Meaders. “That’s what I’m hoping for. I’m hoping they most definitely catch the person who killed my daughter.”
Anyone with information about the case is urged to call the Iredell County Sheriff’s Office at 704-878-3180 or the Homicide Hotline at 704-928-9804.