A HUGE breakthrough has come in the case of a 26-year-old mother whose body was found decomposing in a car trunk.
Destini Smothers’ boyfriend, Kareem Flake, the father of her two children, was arrested in Florida after her death.
Flake was taken into custody on a separate charge of assault and has been in a correctional facility in Osceola since Friday. New York Daily News reported first.
The NYPD has been trying to arrest Flake as a suspect in the Smothers murder since 2020.
Smothers went missing in November 2020. She was from Troy, New York and had two young children, Kareem Jr. and Kayden, with Flake.
Her decomposing body was discovered in the trunk of a car in March 2021 when Sanitation Department workers towing a sedan opened the trunk.
The city coroner’s office determined the cause of death to be a blunt impact to her head, causing a fractured skull and brain injury, and the case was then ruled a homicide.
The New York Post reports that the NYPD is awaiting the results of Flake’s indictment in Florida before extraditing him to New York.
It is unclear when Flake will be transferred to New York and charged with the alleged murder of Smothers.
Smothers was last seen in November 2020 leaving a bowling alley after a birthday party.
According to the missing persons report filed at the time, she attended the party with Flake.
The report also said the couple got into a “heated argument” that night.
Smothers’ mother Loretta King said NY Daily News that the two should go shopping the next morning, but Smothers never showed up.
King said her daughter appeared to be in town for her grandmother’s funeral, but she was even absent from the funeral later that day.
“I knew I wouldn’t have missed that funeral,” King told NY Daily News, explaining that Smothers was very close to her grandmother.
Smothers was missing for four months until her body was found decaying in the trunk of an abandoned Toyota.
Family members said Flake claimed the two had a fight while driving together and Smothers eventually ran from the vehicle without taking her keys, purse and wallet.
Flake was the last person to see Smothers alive.
King told NY Daily News that she was never convinced by Flake’s story and she still doesn’t feel fully closed after his arrest.
“Once he’s convicted, once justice is done and he’s brought to trial, that’s all,” King said.
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https://www.the-sun.com/news/5099082/kareem-flake-destini-smothers-mystery-murder-crime/ The mystery of the ‘murdered’ mother, 26, whose decomposed body was found in the trunk of a car is unraveled when her boyfriend is arrested