Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Missing Woman Found Murdered

June 16, 2015

The Richmond Police Department has identified a body found last week in the city as that of Katasha Johnson, a woman who went missing earlier this month. She had been murdered.

At approximately 9:22 a.m., Friday, June 12, 2015 RPD officers were called to a wooded area in the 2200 block of Jennie Sher Road by construction workers who discovered what was later determined to be human remains.

An autopsy conducted yesterday positively identified the body as that of Johnson. The cause of death is homicide.

Johnson, 26, of the 1300 block of Jennie Scher Road was last seen the morning of June 3, 2015 when she dropped off her daughter at a day care center on the city’s north side. She then failed to show up for work.

Detectives have developed a person of interest in the case, David L. Rios, an acquaintance of Johnson’s. Rios, 38, of the 1300 block of Jennie Scher Road has been held in the Richmond Justice Center since June 8, 2015 on three counts of simple assault and battery. Those counts are unrelated to Johnson’s disappearance and murder.

Anyone with information about this case is asked to call Major Crimes Detective William Brereton at (804) 317-3889 or Crime Stoppers at 780-1000. Citizens can also text Crime Stoppers at 274637, using the key word “ITip” followed by your tip. Both Crime Stoppers methods are anonymous.

                                                                David Rios