An apparent victim of the “shopping cart killer” – suspected in the deaths of five women in the Washington, DC area – was a woman from Redding who went missing after traveling to the nation’s capital.
Stephanie Harrison, 48, was last in contact with her family on August 19, 2021, according to a missing persons announcement from Redding police. She had been in the DC area for a sightseeing tour, relatives said.
Her family told police she was in a “vulnerable” mental state.
On December 15, her body was found in a large plastic container near the Moon Inn in Alexandria, Va. – the motel where her sister said she had stayed during her trip.
Anthony Robinson, 35, who had also stayed at the Moon Inn, has been charged with the murder of two women whose bodies were found in November. Police are investigating its possible link to three other deaths, including Harrison’s.
Investigators say Robinson met his victims on dating sites and lured them to motels where he killed them and transported their bodies in shopping carts. He has no criminal record.
After two bodies were discovered in a northern Virginia town two days before Thanksgiving, police used cellphone records and CCTV to determine that Robinson was a suspect. He was arrested the same day, November 23.
The map below shows the approximate locations of key sites in the case.
1/Motel Moon Inn. Robinson is known to have stayed at the motel at least six times, according to police. On December 15, the bodies of Stephanie Harrison, 48, of Redding, California, and Cheyenne Brown, 29, of Washington, DC, were found in a shipping container in a wooded area near the motel. A shopping cart was nearby. Brown had disappeared on September 30 after driving to the Huntington subway station, half a mile from the motel. Harrison was last heard from on August 19.
2/ Harrisonburg. On Nov. 23, the bodies of Allene Elizabeth Redmon, 54, of Harrisonburg, Va., and Tonita Lorice Smith, 39, of Charlottesville, Va., were found in a vacant lot in Harrisonburg, 100 miles north. southwest of Washington, DC They were reportedly killed about three weeks apart; Redmon was last seen alive on October 24 and Smith on November 14, police said. Robinson was charged with their murders.
3/ Washington, DC On September 7, the body of Sonya Champ, 40, was found covered in a blanket in a shopping cart near Union Station. She was identified as a potential victim of the same killer.