A HUGE breakthrough has been made in the case of a 26-year-old mother whose body was found decomposing in the trunk of a car.
Destini Smothers’ boyfriend Kareem Flake, who is the father of her two children, has been arrested in Florida following her death.
Flake was taken into custody on a separate domestic assault charge and has been held in an Osceola Correctional Facility since Friday, the NY Daily News first reported.
The NYPD has been seeking to arrest Flake as a suspect in the Smothers murder since 2020.
Smothers disappeared in November 2020. She was from Troy, New York, and had two young children, Kareem Jr and Kayden, with Flake.
His decomposing body was discovered in the trunk of a car in March 2021 when Sanitation Department workers towing a sedan blew up the trunk.
The city medical examiner’s office determined the cause of death to be blunt force impact to the head which caused a fractured skull and brain injury, and the case was later ruled a homicide.
The New York Post reported that the NYPD is awaiting the results of Flake’s charges in Florida before extraditing him to New York.
It is unclear when Flake will be transferred to New York and prosecuted for the alleged murder of Smothers.
Smothers was last seen in November 2020 as she left a bowling alley after a birthday party.
She attended the party with Flake according to the missing person’s report filed at the time.
The report also states that the couple had a “heated argument” that night.
Smothers’ mother, Loretta King, told the NY Daily News that the two were supposed to go shopping the next morning, but Smothers never showed up.
King said her daughter was apparently in town for her grandmother’s funeral, but was even absent at the funeral later that day.
“I knew I wouldn’t have missed that funeral,” King told the NY Daily News, explaining that Smothers was very close to her grandmother.
Smothers disappeared for four months until his body was found decomposing in the trunk of an abandoned Toyota in the street.
Family members said Flake claimed the two had an argument while driving together and that Smothers eventually fled the vehicle without taking her keys, purse and wallet.
Flake was the last person to see Smothers alive.
King told the NY Daily News that she was never convinced by Flake’s story and still didn’t feel completely closed off after her arrest.
“Once he is convicted, once justice is served and he is brought to justice, that will be it,” King said.
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