FAIRFAX, Virginia (AP) – Authorities in Virginia have identified with certainty the remains of two women who they say were killed by a man they say is a serial killer who used a shopping cart to transport the bodies of his victims after meeting them on dating sites.
Several news outlets report that police said DNA analysis confirmed the remains found in a container in Fairfax County on December 15 belonged to Stephanie Harrison, 48, of Redding, and Cheyenne Brown, 29. , from Washington, DC.
On August 31, 2021, the Redding Police Department listed Harrison as a missing person.
WHSV-TV reports that Fairfax County Police Chief Kevin Davis and Major Ed O’Carroll made the announcement at a press conference on Friday night.
Davis said his county’s victim services division spoke to Harrison’s daughter, Destiny, on Friday night.
The police chief said the girl told a victim services representative that “her mother was a beloved mother and even a better grandmother.”
“She was the nicest person and was helping everyone and would give you her last dime,” Davis said of Harrison.
Police believe Anthony Robinson, 35, of Washington, DC, is responsible for the deaths of four women found at two different locations in Virginia.
Police arrested Robinson in November and charged him with two counts of murder after finding two bodies in a vacant lot in Harrisonburg.
Evidence uncovered after Robinson’s arrest led police to search an area near the Moon Inn in Fairfax County.
During the search, detectives noticed a shopping cart and recalled that a cart had been used to transport bodies in the Harrisonburg business.
Next to the cart was a large plastic container that held the remains of two women.
Davis said on Friday that Robinson “remains our prime suspect” in the Brown and Harrison murders.
A fifth potential victim has been identified in the Washington, DC area.
The two victims found dead in Harrisonburg had previously been identified as Tonita Lorice Smith, 39, of Charlottesville, and Allene Elizabeth “Beth” Redmon, 54, of Harrisonburg.
Police said Robinson had lived in multiple locations, including New York City and Maryland, in recent years.
Robinson’s attorney did not immediately return an appeal seeking comment on Saturday. A message was left at his law firm.
Record Searchlight reporter Mike Chapman contributed to this report.