Police won't search for Latisha Frazier's body, family says

The family of murder victim Latisha Frazier says they have been told that authorities will not search for her body.


Latisha Frazier

A defendant told police that Frazier's body was dismembered and disposed of in a Dumpster. Police traced the Dumpster to a landfill outside of Richmond.

Investigators believe her remains are likely buried under 70 to 80 feet of refuse.

The family said it was told that it would cost too much money -- millions of dollars -- and it would present too much of a health risk to find her body.

Frazier's family was upset by the decision.

"We've just been looking for closure, and a place for us to lay our daughter's body to rest," said Frazier's father, Barry Campbell. "And it hurts to know she's buried under all this trash and we'll never get her back."

"It's already bad anyway, all the horrific stuff that happened to my child and then not actually being able to let her rest in peace," Campbell added. "I still want my daughter's body found so we can give her the proper burial she deserves."

D.C. police Chief Cathy Lanier released a statement about the decision:

We considered it an extremely high priority to recover the remains, and to suggest that this was a decision based solely on resources is inaccurate. I tried to place myself in the shoes of Latisha’s family” said Police Chief Cathy L. Lanier. “The main considerations for such a search are probability of recovery and safety. We consulted experts in the field of the recovery of human remains from landfills. We visited the site with these experts, and MPD was told that the likelihood of recovery in a landfill of this size after this much time has passed would be dangerous and would have an extremely low probability of success. Hazards include collapse, disease and even explosion from the concentrations of methane gas. The experts determined that the remains are likely buried at a minimum of seventy feet, and the search would take a minimum of six months. With the high potential for injury and the low probability of recovery, we made the very difficult decision that this search was not feasible. This decision is disappointing for us, as well.

D.C. police have now charged six people in connection with Frazier's murder. Frazier was killed over a dispute about $2,000 in missing drug money, according to court records.