A car was found in South Strabane Township on Thursday after police linked it to an apparent homicide in Allegheny County.
Allegheny County police said the silver 2007 Chevrolet Impala that authorities located in the parking lot of Walmart in the evening was a “vehicle of interest” in their investigation into the death of a woman whose body was found in McKeesport earlier in the day.
Officials haven’t identified the woman. But court papers outlining charges against two men who were arrested when police encountered them with the vehicle at about 7:25 p.m. outside the Trinity Point store say the Chevy belonged to Tameka Dallas, “who was recently found deceased.”
South Strabane police charged Daron Parks, 26, of Bridgeville, and Clyde D. Cox, 27, of Pittsburgh, with one count each of receiving stolen property. Cox was allegedly standing next to the car in the parking lot when officers found it, and told police he had been in the car. Parks later joined him and reportedly had the keys to the car.
Allegheny County police reportedly have video showing Parks “with and around the vehicle throughout the day.”
Both men were arraigned Friday morning before District Judge Jesse Pettit, and are being held in Washington County jail. Bail is set at $100,000 for each of them. Court records don’t list an attorney for either of them.
Police said they are searching for a third man who possibly goes by “Mo.” He was reportedly in or near the store but left before police linked him to the car. Police described him as being black, 6-foot-2 and 300 pounds.
“Investigators traced his path from the Walmart to downtown Pittsburgh where they lost his trail,” police said. “It is possible he was trying to make his way to McKeesport.”
Police also said they determined that Parks had initially given a false first name.
Police found the female victim after responding to a 911 call from a parking lot in Renziehausen Park about 9:45 a.m. She was found on a trail nearby in the woods, where she was pronounced dead.
The woman showed signs of strangulation. An autopsy was planned for Friday to determine how she died. Police said it’s possible she was killed elsewhere and taken to the spot in a vehicle.
Police said surveillance from the park shows the Chevy sedan, which has a sunroof and rear spoiler, arriving at the park around 11:15 p.m. Wednesday.