Texas Man, drove over a thousand miles from Cedar Hill to Mansfield, Ohio – searching ‘for love’ with his dead wife in the trunk
The body of Tamara Harris, 33, was found in the trunk of her own vehicle, halfway across the country
Her husband Dequalan Harris, 35, had driven the SUV about 1,150 miles to Mansfield
Mansfield Police found the Chevy Traverse parked on the street and the errant husband inside one of the homes, with another woman on Saturday morning
The couple had been in the process of getting a divorce
He had come to Mansfield, Ohio, for ‘love’ or ‘an internet connection’, police concluded
He’d told police he last saw his wife on Thursday after picking up her young child
An autopsy will determine Tamara’s cause of death
Their child is in custody of Ohio Children’s Services until family can be tracked down
Mansfield Police arrested Dequalan after he tried to flee,. Before towing Tamara’s car, officers found her body in the trunk
The suspect is being held on Ohio charges of resisting arrest, obstructing official business and felony abuse of a corpse
He pled not-guilty at his video arraignment, Monday
Bond is set at $1million
Dequalan Harris, [right] had driven it 1,150miles fin his wife’s vehicle from Cedar Hill, Texas to Mansfield, Ohio to meet another woman. The issue was he had the body of his wife Tamara Harris [left] in the trunk of the SUV as he travelled all those miles.
The body of a woman was found in the trunk of her own car after her husband had driven it 1,150miles from Texas to Ohio to meet another woman.
Tamara Harris, 33, and Dequalan Harris, 35, from Cedar Hill, Texas, had been in the process of getting a divorce when Tamara was reported missing Friday.
Cedar Hill Police were notified by relatives who hadn’t heard from Tamara or her young child in several days.
To try and find Tamara, officers used the OnStar tracking system in her 2015 Chevy Traverse. They were able to locate her car in Mansfield, Ohio, about 1,150miles away from the couple’s home in Cedar Hill, Texas.
Investigators in Mansfield found the SUV parked on the street and Dequalan inside one of the homes with another woman on Saturday morning.
Officials said he had gone to Mansfield on Friday ‘for love’ or ‘an internet connection’, according to WFAA.
Demika Rucker, Dequalan’s girlfriend, who lived on the street where Tamara’s car was found, said he arrived around 3.30pm Friday after the approximately 17-hour trip.
Mansfield Police arrested Dequalan after he tried to run away. Before towing Tamara’s car, officers found her body in the trunk.
Cedar Hill Police were notified by relatives who hadn’t heard from Tamara Harris in days
Dequalan is being held on charges including resisting arrest, obstructing official business and abuse of a corpse, which is a fifth-degree felony.
He pled not-guilty at his video arraignment at Richland County Jail in Ohio Monday.
Mansfield Municipal Magistrate Phil Naumoff ordered bond be set at $1million. Naumoff also ordered a personal recognizance bond and electronic monitoring.
The child who was found with Dequalan is in custody of Children’s Services in Ohio while other family members are being tracked down with the help of Texas Child Protective Services.
An autopsy on Tamara’s body will determine her cause of death.
The Mansfield Police Department is investigating Tamara’s death with the help of Cedar Hill Police.
They are investigating any previous incidents of violence involving Dequalan and the victim.
Officials said there had been a previous non-violent call involving Dequalan.
Charges from Cedar Hill Police are pending against Dequalan.