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Missing Baltimore woman found deceased in Daisy Park, boyfriend 'person of interest'

BALTIMORE (WBFF) – The body found in a ravine Thursday night in Daisy Park is Tonja Chadwick, police confirmed Friday afternoon.

"This is officially a murder investigation," Baltimore Police spokesperson T.J. Smith said.

Investigators believe the 20-year-old mother was murdered inside her apartment.

"Then the killer committed the equally disgusting act of discarding her body in a wooded and rugged terrain," said Smith.

Police said the discovery of Chadwick's body was made with help from the public, who provided a number of tips throughout the week.

Chadwick's boyfriend, Marco Jamal Holmes, is now considered a person of interest by the Baltimore Police department and remains at large. He may be operating a blue 2004 four-door Infiniti G35 with MD tags 9CS0691, police said.

The missing woman was last seen on Jan. 28, while dropping off her four-year-old son.

She was reported missing on Jan. 30, police said, and detectives searched her apartment the next day, uncovering evidence indicating that a crime had been committed, including blood.

Her car was found just over the Baltimore City line and her cell phone was found discarded not far from the apartment, Smith noted.

On Feb. 1, a search of Herring Run Park and several other city locations was completed and the public was asked to come forward with tips.

Her body was found Thursday night in Daisy Park, "down several embankments" and "underneath some debris," Smith described.

A cause of death has not been determined, though police noted there was "trauma" to her body.

According to police, there were undocumented domestic violence issues between Chadwick and her boyfriend. Officers responded once in the past for a verbal domestic-type disagreement between the couple, Smith said.

In an interview with FOX45, Lakasha Chadwick said daughter had a turbulent relationship with her boyfriend.

"A week before they moved in to the home she called me to say he choked her to the point she blacked out and woke up shaking," said Chadwick. "I just had this feeling he was going to do something to my daughter."

Anyone with information is asked to call police at 410-396-2100 or send tips to Metro Crime Stoppers 1-877-7LOCKUP or text a tip line 443-902-4824.

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