Friends, family speak out after woman found dead in chest

INDIANAPOLIS - Friends and family gathered Monday evening for a candlelight vigil to honor a woman who was found stabbed to death inside a wooden chest Sunday.

Lawrence police were alerted about a body that had been found next to a dumpster at Maison Gardens Apartments, formerly known as Pinnacle Square, at around 5 p.m. Sunday. 

Investigators with the Lawrence Police Department said a security guard found the body inside a wood chest after somebody left a note on the guard’s windshield. It was not yet clear if the note was left by the suspect or just somebody who did not want to get involved.

The chest was described as being 4 feet 6 inches long and having a leather-covered lid. Its manufacturer is Lane.

The victim was identified as 24-year-old Jazmine Trammell of Indianapolis. She was last seen by her family Sunday at 9 a.m. and her mother told police she last spoke to Trammell by cellphone an hour after that. That was the last time anyone spoke with her.

Investigators said Monday that Trammell was stabbed to death. Police said the crime appeared to be personal and one of extreme anger.

A woman in the apartment complex said she thought she saw a man drag the chest to the dumpster when she left for church.

"He was pulling it. Matter of fact he was pulling it right in front of me. That's trash. That's it. So he went on in front of me," she said.

Police said they do not believe Trammell was killed at the apartment complex.

"We don't believe she was killed here at this scene where the body was discovered. We believe she was killed elsewhere and transported there and left," LPD Capt. Gary Woodruff said.

Police said Trammell was arrested at a Lawrence motel four days before she was killed. Police said she had marijuana, a handgun and more than $1,800 cash. Police don’t know if the arrest has any connection to her death.

"She was a young lady. I don't know why somebody did it to her. She didn't deserve to die like that. That is just wrong. That was a wrongful death. We're just trying to figure out who could do that," Trammell’s friend Torrey Lang said.

"At the wrong place at the wrong time, simple as that. Jaz was loved by everybody," Trammell's cousin Brandon Richardson said.

Anyone with information about the case or the chest is asked to call Lawrence Police at 317-545-7575 or CrimeStoppers of Central Indiana at 317-262-TIPS.

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