Body discovered in wooden chest at Lawrence apartments identified
Autopsy results are pending for a woman whose body was found stuffed in a container next to a dumpster at an apartment complex in Lawrence.
The victim has been identified as 24-year-old Jazmine Trammell of Indianapolis. Her body was discovered Sunday by a security guard.
An autopsy found Monday that Trammell was stabbed multiple times. Investigators also released new details, including that someone actually left a note on that security guard's car telling him that there was a wooden chest next to the dumpster and that he would find a body inside.
"Why did you have to do this?" said Malia Black, Trammell's mother. "I just don't understand why someone had to do this to my daughter."
Trammell's body was in a wooden chest next to the trash dumpster at the Maison Gardens Apartments near 42nd and Post Road.
"The family members last saw the deceased individuals about 9:00 this morning. They hadn't been able to contact her throughout the day so fearing the worst, when they heard that we made a discovery over here from acquaintances in the complex, they came over and found out it was their loved one, unfortunately," said Capt. Greg Woodruff, Lawrence Police Department.
Police believe Trammell was killed at another location, placed in the chest and then moved to the apartment complex.
"She didn't bother nobody...she kept to herself. She knew a lot of people, she had more friends than enemies, she didn't bother nobody. I just don't understand why."
After what the family calls cold-hearted treatment of their loved one, they hope to give her a proper burial.
"We set up a Chase account in her name for the funeral," said Trammell's aunt, Denise Wilson. "This is so senseless, she had more value to her than to be put out with the trash."
The chest is made of wood with a leather-covered lid. It's approximately 4.5 feet long and manufactured by Lane. You can see pictures of it along the right-hand side of this article.
According to Wilson, "We were at the crime scene [Sunday] and the lady said when she was on her way to church, she saw two gentlemen dragging the chest out to the dumpster."
If you have any information about this specific chest or any details that may lead to Jazmine Trammell's killer, you're asked to call Crime Stoppers at 262-TIPS. Investigators believe it could play a huge role in finding who killed Trammell.