YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WYTV) — U.S. Marshals arrested two people in Youngstown late Monday in connection with the death of a man in Columbus.
According to jail records, Danyell Florida, 37 and Kalene Bartlett, 22 are in custody in the Mahoning County Jail and are being held as fugitives from justice.
Police in the Youngstown area told WKBN that they arrested the pair after a tip from Columbus Police. Florida and Bartlett are expected to appear in court Wednesday to be brought back to Columbus.
“Colombus S.W.A.T. reached out about two possible homicide suspects. They had warrants for abuse of a corpse, but they believed they were up here in Youngstown,” said Deputy Dan DeVille, U.S. Marshal’s Office. “They knew that the female had a friend that once lived in Columbus and was now living up here in Youngstown, so it was a real strong possibility.”
Monday, Columbus Police charged both Florida and Bartlett with abuse of a corpse after finding the body of Dametrious Edwards in the basement of a home at 716 Champion Avenue Sunday. A police report lists that house as the address for both Florida and Bartlett.
Edwards was previously reported missing September 7.
Officers were sent to the Champion Avenue home early Sunday morning to check on the well-being of Edwards. According to court documents, Florida answered the door and told officers that he did not know where Edwards was.
Officers were called to the same home at 2:42 p.m. Sunday on an unknown call. Officers arrived several minutes later and were told by family members that Edwards was found in the basement and appeared to be dead.
Detectives said it appeared Edwards had been dead for several days, according to court documents.