Saturday, August 20, 2005

Pregnant woman's remains found near Philadelphia

Police arrest former boyfriend
PHILADELPHIA, Pennsylvania
Police have recovered the remains of a missing 24-year-old pregnant woman and arrested the father of the unborn child on murder charges, authorities announced Saturday.
The suspect, Stephen Poaches, is a former boyfriend of 24-year-old LaToyia Figueroa, who has been missing for a month. When Poaches, 25, was arrested in nearby Chester, police said he was wearing a bulletproof vest and carrying a pistol.
District Attorney Lynne M. Abraham said Poaches, 25, would be charged with two counts of murder and related offenses for the deaths of Figueroa and her fetus.
Authorities did not provide a motive or say what led them to suspect Poaches. Poaches' lawyer, Michael Coard, did not immediately return a phone call seeking comment.
Figueroa, who was five months' pregnant when she disappeared and already the mother of a young girl, was last seen on the afternoon of July 18 in West Philadelphia.


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