Two arrested in connection with body of woman found in Rowan County

Investigators say woman died of an overdose, body then hidden in the woods

Two arrested in connection with body of woman found in Rowan County
Michael Banks and Brooke Griffin (Source: Rowan County Sheriff's Office)

ROWAN COUNTY, N.C. (WBTV) - Two people have been arrested in connection with the discovery of the body of Tammy Lynn Becerra in Rowan County.

According to reports, on Tuesday, March 23, a resident of Waycross Drive was leaving home traveling down Alana Drive. Alana Drive is gravel drive, in the south eastern portion of Rowan County, off of Shuping Mill road near the Rowan and Cabarrus county Line. The passerby notice what he believed to be trash that had been dumped in the woods, about 20 feet off of Alana Drive. Upon closer inspection, the individual noticed that what he had observed was the body of a woman.

Deputies from the Rowan County Sheriff’s Office arrived and confirmed the report of a found body, and secured the area. Members of the Rowan County Criminal Investigations Division arrived and began the investigation.

During the initial stages of the investigation the victim was identified as Tammy Lynn Becerra. The victim was identified by her tattoos. Tammy Becerra was found to have been reported missing to the Kannapolis Police Department by family members on March 21.

The condition of the body led investigators to believe that it had been at this location for several days. There were no obvious signs of trauma to the body, according to investigators. The body had been partially concealed with brush and leaves.

Investigators learned that the last place the victim had been seen was at the address of Michael Joe Banks and Brooke Lynn Griffin, on Canyon Lane in Kannapolis during the early morning hours of Friday, March 19.

Witnesses gave statements to investigators that indicated Becerra had been at the residence on Canyon Lane doing illegal narcotics that Thursday night and the following Friday morning. Investigators learned that the victim most likely overdosed on illegal narcotics inside the residence on Canyon Lane. Witness and suspect interviews lead investigators to believe that Michael Banks and Brooke Griffin loaded Becerra’s body into Banks vehicle during the early morning of hours of Friday.

Deputies say Banks confirmed that the victim had passed away inside his residence of an apparent drug overdose. He also told investigators that he and Brooke Griffin disposed of the body off of Alana Drive. Banks indicated that the body was not reported to authorities because of fear of retribution from the victim’s family.

Warrants were outstanding for Michael Banks and Brooke Griffin for felony concealment of death and failure to report death.

The two were arrested April 1 and each have a $100,000 bond.

Anyone with information is to contact Sgt O. Greene at 704-216-8686 or Detective T. Allen at 704-216-8715

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