An Alaska man has been arrested after police found security footage of him carrying a body to his car days before his missing ex-girlfriend was found dead.
Police arrested Eddie Thomas Jr. in connection with the death of Jerilyn Nicholson, who was last seen on April 24, according to the charging document obtained by Alaska Public Media.
Nicholson’s father reported her missing on April 30 after the family had been unable to contact her since April 26.
Nicholson had been at the family’s home two days before she went missing, and then went to Thomas Jr.’s apartment, according to the report.
According to the charging documents, Thomas was under a court order not to have any contact with Nicholson after she called police to his apartment.
Thomas initially told police Nicholson wanted to take a bath and have a drink, but she left within the hour. He said they had a disagreement and she was upset, according to the report.
The suspect later said Nicholson did not take a bath at his apartment, according to court documents. However, police found a photo on the victim’s Instagram of her in a bathtub on April 24.
When police searched Thomas’ apartment, they saw the bathtub seemed to be the same one from the photo.
In addition, Nicholson’s cell phone did not leave the area of Thomas' apartment until April 29, according to the charging document.
On April 27, three days after Nicholson was last seen, surveillance cameras recorded Thomas leaving his apartment around 11:30 a.m. He was carrying a body, which he put in the passenger seat of his Subaru. He then drove away, according to the report.
Police say the body matched Nicholson’s hair color, hair length, physical size and clothing that she was wearing when her body was found at the base of a cliff.
Nicholson’s remains were found on May 1. The medical examiner has not yet determined her cause of death.
“We’re dealing with this as a family,” Nicholson’s father told Alaska Public Media. “She was a wonderful, wonderful angel, and we’re grieving her loss.”
Thomas was charged with tampering with physical evidence, misconduct involving a corpse, unlawful conduct and violating the conditions of release. He is currently being held at Anchorage Jail.
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