Latrice Maze's body was incinerated, according to police

10:31 PM, May 8, 2013   |    comments
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GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) -- The man accused of murdering a Grand Rapids mother is now facing several charges, and police believe he may have dumped the woman's body in the trash.  Detectives also believe the body may have been burned up.

Jahleel Hoskins, 25, was charged with murder, tampering with evidence and perjury.

He's accused of killing his girlfriend, Latrice Maze, 26, at their home on Burton Street. Police had been called there earlier on March 19 for a domestic dispute.

Shortly after the incident, Maze disappeared. Hoskins told police that he left the house and when he returned, she was gone.

Grand Rapids Police Chief Kevin Belk says investigators believe Hoskins put his girlfriend's body in a dumpster.  Belk says detectives checked with the carting company and learned the trash -- and likely the body -- was emptied at least twice and eventually incinerated.

"We don't think we'll ever be able to recover the body," says Belk.

Maze's cousin, Precious Stewart says Hoskins attended a vigil for the missing mom and stayed in contact with her family.

"He acted like he was feeling so sad, like, 'I want to find her, I want her back,' like he was innocent," says Stewart.  "But, on the other hand, he was scraping for details about what was going on."

Over a six-week period, Grand Rapids Police served numerous warrants and interviewed several witnesses. Court documents show that some of the witnesses said that Hoskins admitted to killing Latrice and disposing of her body.

"Everybody's praying to bring her home, so we can have a proper burial and say our goodbyes," says Stewart.

Another man, Gregory Shanklin, is also facing a weapons charge and a perjury charge for lying to police about the Maze's disappearance. Both he and Hoskins remain in the Kent County jail.

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Julius Jackson, Maze's father, says he did not really know Hoskins, but he had a bad feeling about him after seeing the couple together. The day Maze vanished, family members say she had a fight with Hoskins at her Burton St. SW apartment.

"I heard he was abusive during the relationship," says Jackson.  "You can't judge by looking at somebody, but I just had the gut feeling something wasn't right about him."

"I will feel better when we retrieve her body," says Jackson. "We'll find out where she is and retrieve her body.

"It's rough. From time to time I get teary-eyed, but hopefully it will come to a close.  We will know what happened," says Jackson.

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