CMPD: Body of missing Charlotte Uber driver believed to be found in SC

Published: May. 25, 2017 at 10:02 PM EDT|Updated: May. 26, 2017 at 12:35 AM EDT
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Adams (Source: Anne Arundel County Jail)
Adams (Source: Anne Arundel County Jail)
Stevens (Source: Anne Arundel County Jail)
Stevens (Source: Anne Arundel County Jail)

ROCK HILL, SC (WBTV) - Police say they believe the body of Uber driver Marlo Johnis Medina-Chevez who went missing in Charlotte Saturday has been found in Rock Hill.

Medina-Chevez, 44, left for work around 9:45 p.m. Saturday to pick up an Uber client and never returned home. Sources told WBTV his body was found Thursday in a wooded area off the 2500 block of Mt. Gallant Road in Rock Hill.

Police confirmed at a press conference at 6:30 p.m. that they believed that is the case. They said the Medical Examiner's Office is working to positively ID the deceased.

"I've lived here 12 years and have never seen anything like this on this road. This is country. We don't expect this. This is definitely out of the ordinary," said neighbor Jeremy Mumma.

Mumma said he did speak with detectives at the scene. He said that he had noticed a white truck in recent days near the area where the body was found.

"How did they find this little road out of nowhere?" questioned Mumma. "That's a little weird. I'm not a detective, but f you went down this road 100 times you would never notice that gravel road there unless you knew it was there."

Sources tell WBTV that pings from one of the suspect's cell phones led police to the area near the body. Sources said the suspects spent time near Mount Gallant Road in Rock Hill before traveling to Maryland.

Charlotte-Mecklenburg police held a press conference Tuesday, saying that Medina-Chevez's credit card was used and his vehicle was found in Maryland.

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Police were alerted Monday night of a license plate reader hit and located Medina-Chevez's dark blue 2008 Nissan Pathfinder near the Chesapeake Bay Bridge in Maryland. Two of the four people inside the vehicle were released. Diontray Divan Adams, 25, and James Aaron Stevens, 20, were taken in for questioning and arrested.

Adams was charged with financial credit card fraud and Stevens was charged with possession of a stolen vehicle. Police say they will also be charged in Medina-Chevez's death.

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He was driving a 2008 dark blue Nissan Pathfinder with North Carolina tag PDV-4382, according to CMPD, which was found Monday.

He was last seen wearing a gray short sleeve shirt, jeans, and sandals, police said. Medina-Chevez is described to be 5-foot-five, weighs 108 pounds and has black hair with black eyes.

His wife of 22 years, Elsa Medina, says the family is desperate for answers.

The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department held a press conference Monday saying they believed he was in "grave danger."

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Monday evening, police said they had moved the case from the missing persons unit to the homicide unit based on information obtained during the investigation.

Anyone with information is asked to call detectives at 704-432-TIPS or Crime Stoppers at 704-334-1600.

Police say the investigation is ongoing and additional charges are possible.

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