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Police: Man who killed woman lived with her body for 2 days

Suspect's brother also arrested in Sanford

SANFORD, Fla. – Two men were arrested after a woman was found dead in a Sanford apartment.

Police say they received a call from the Hatteras Sound Apartments management to do a well-being check.

Investigators said the body of Latrice Randolph was found covered with a blanket inside her bedroom closet.

Police said that her mother received a text message from Randolph's phone on Sunday. The text said Randolph would be going out of town with a friend until the middle of May. Her mother thought this was odd, and said other texts on Monday and Tuesday made her suspicious. The texts also said that her daughter's phone was dropped in water, so the speaker was damaged. It's believed this was an excuse to justify why Randolph wasn't available to speak on the phone.

Randolph's mother went to her Sanford apartment on Tuesday afternoon. After knocking on the door with no answer, an apartment manager used a key to unlock the door.

Once inside, the victim's mother and the apartment manager found two men, identified as brothers Jimmie and Jeremiah Elliott.

The victim's mother started recording video on her cellphone of the suspects, which prompted the brothers to run down the street, according to police.

Both Jimmie and Jeremiah Elliott were located a short distance later.

Police said Jimmie Elliott stabbed and killed Randolph, whom he met several weeks ago, after an argument and stayed in her apartment with the body for two days.

Jimmie Elliott is charged with first-degree premeditated murder. His brother Jeremiah is charged with helping to aide the crime.

Sanford Police Department said that Randolph knew the two suspects, but investigators are still unclear on the relationship.

Residents at the Sanford apartment complex said they weren't notified of the incident.

Both suspects remain in jail without bond.
 


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