Richmond police this afternoon say officials have positively identified the body discovered in Charles City County yesterday as that of Tameka Claiborne.
Police, working with the state medical examiner’s office, announced the identification in a news release.
Claiborne, 27, has been missing since Tuesday, and her death is being investigated as a murder, police said.
She lived in a South Richmond apartment with her boyfriend, Michael Solomon, who turned himself in to police yesterday. He was being held without bond.
Claiborne’s 2-year-old son, Malik, was found alone, unharmed, in a Chesterfield County apartment complex late Tuesday.
Richmond police are continuing are continuing to look for a car Solomon had been driving, a gold 2006 Chevrolet Malibu with Virginia license plate number XTU-2530.
Police asked that anyone with additional information to call Crime Stoppers at 780-1000 or Richmond Police Detective Mark Williams at (804) 513-0955.
The boyfriend of a missing Richmond mother surrendered to city police yesterday about 90 minutes before a woman's body was discovered partially submerged in the James River in Charles City County.
Michael D. Solomon, 28, who was considered a person of interest in the case, was accompanied by his lawyer when he turned himself in about 9:30 a.m., police said.
At about 10:45, a chimney sweep working on a river cottage in the 6600 block of Westover Road -- not far from Westover Plantation and Gardens -- found the body wrapped in some material about 200 yards upstream from the cottage, police said.
The state medical examiner's office has not made positive identification, but investigators believe the remains are those of Tameka L. Claiborne, 27, who disappeared Tuesday.
A law-enforcement source said police were investigating information Solomon gave them on the whereabouts of Claiborne.
Yesterday's developments came three days after authorities found Claiborne's 2-year-old son, Malik, wandering alone outside an apartment complex in Chesterfield County. He was unharmed.
Claiborne and Solomon recently had been arguing over money, family members said. On Thursday, Richmond police said they feared Claiborne was in danger.
Solomon was being held on charges of falsifying statements on a consent form to buy a firearm and failure to pay child support, according to Richmond City Jail records. The charges are not "directly related" to Claiborne's disappearance, police said.
Officially, Richmond police would say only that they are investigating a possible connection between the body found yesterday and Claiborne's disappearance.
As Richmond investigators continued their investigation yesterday afternoon, family members, including Tameka Claiborne's father, James E. Booker Sr., and stepmother, Frances Booker, gathered under the shade of a tree at a home in the 1400 block of Drewry Street in South Richmond.
The family members said they were under the impression the body had been identified as Claiborne's, and some cited television news reports that said Claiborne's father had identified the body. However, Booker said he had not identified his daughter's remains, and he said police told him no family members could have identified the body.
The family gathered in front of a television set and watched a Richmond police news conference in which Assistant Chief David M. McCoy said the body had not been positively identified as Tameka's.
Frances Booker cried quietly during the news conference.
Police apparently still are searching for Solomon's car, a 2006 Chevrolet Malibu with Virginia license plate XTU-2530. The vehicle last was seen around noon Wednesday in Hopewell, where Solomon used to live and where his mother lives.
The search for Claiborne began after her son was found alone about 11:30 p.m. Tuesday, standing on a truck bumper in a parking lot in the 4900 block of Valley Crest Drive in the Addison at Swift Creek apartments. Chesterfield police said yesterday that a Claiborne family member worked at those apartments.
Claiborne and Solomon had planned to get married, although they were putting it off because of financial difficulties, according to members of the two families.
Claiborne confronted Michael Solomon last Saturday after she found a notice on the front door of their apartment in the 700 block of Blandy Avenue in South Richmond, threatening eviction for unpaid rent, said Claiborne's uncle, Larry Gillison. About $1,300 in rent was owed, Gillison said.