Woman arrested after human remains found in car

Tonya Slaton (Photo courtesy: Hampton police)

HAMPTON, Va. (WAVY) — When State Police pulled over a car in Hampton for having expired plates, they made a gruesome discovery inside the vehicle and now a Richmond woman is facing charges.

State Police arrested Tonya Martin Slayton, 44, of Richmond after a state trooper pulled over her black 2003 Mustang around 8:20 a.m. on Saturday, June 6 on I-64 near the Rip Rap Road exit. During the traffic stop, the trooper discovered human remains concealed inside the car.

According to an affidavit for a search warrant, the trooper reported that the car had an expired registration and he confiscated the plates and ordered to impound the vehicle. During inventory of the car, the trooper discovered a black trash bag in the trunk. Slayton reached into the trunk, grabbed some clothes and threw them on top of the trash bag and said there were clothes in the bag. The trooper reported smelling “a strong odor of rotting flesh permeating from the bag. The bag contained what appeared to be a clothed body wrapped with duct tape.”

The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Norfolk will conduct an autopsy and work to identify the remains.

State Police charged Slayton with concealment of a dead body. She is being held in the Hampton City Jail without bond.

If you have any information to provide Virginia State Police about this investigation, call 757-424-6800 or #77 on a cell phone, or email questions@vsp.virginia.gov.

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