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Daughter of alleged shopping cart killer victim describes ‘most hurtful thing’

FAIRFAX, Va. (WRIC) – Suspected serial killer Anthony Robinson, 35, of Washington, DC has been linked to at least four deaths, and authorities believe there may be more.

The daughter of one of the women suspected of being the victim of the so-called shopping cart killer spoke with 8News on Monday about the grief of losing a loved one.

May said her mother was heartbroken after her husband died in 2017. (Picture: Jessica May)

“Right before the holidays and just knowing that I’m never going to talk to my mom again, it’s just a feeling that I can’t even describe,” Jessica May said.

May is one of the daughters of Allene Elizabeth “Beth” May Redmon, 54, of Harrisonburg. Redmon would have disappeared at the end of October. About a month later, her body was found near that of Tonita Lorice Smith, 39, of Charlottesville, in a vacant lot in the town of Harrisonburg near Linda Lane.

This map shows the area where the bodies of Redmon and Smith were found in Harrisonburg.

“It really bothers me to know that my mom lay there dead for a month,” May said. “But I’m just glad we have some sort of closure now because, to be honest, it hurts a lot.”

May said her mother struggled after her husband died in 2017. But Redmon was just starting to pick up the pieces, getting a new job and a new apartment. Then she disappeared.

“She still had a lot of life in her,” May said. “She was alone, and so, I mean, I guess maybe that’s why she met this monster that took her from us.”

May said her mother went out on October 24, telling her family she was going to watch a football game at the Howard Johnson on Linda Lane in Harrisonburg with a friend named Ant. May said she had never heard that name before.

“I knew I had to lose my mom one day,” May said. “But I never imagined it would be in such a way. It’s the most hurtful thing anyone can ever experience.

It wasn’t until November 23 that May said she was told by authorities that two bodies had been found, and they believed one of them was Redmon. Since then, authorities have confirmed the deaths of Redmon and Smith.

The bodies of Allene Elizabeth “Beth” Redmon, 54 (left) and Tonita Lorice “Nita” Smith, 39, were found in a vacant lot in the town of Harrisonburg in November. They are believed to be two of the victims of the so-called shopping cart killer. (Photos: Harrisonburg and Charlottesville Police Departments)

Last Wednesday, Fairfax County police said new information led them to the Moon Inn hotel in Alexandria, Virginia. It was in a nearby wooded area that they found a shopping cart and, next to it, a plastic container.

“When detectives looked inside the single container, their worst fears were confirmed,” said Maj. Ed O’Carroll, commander of the Major Crimes and Cybercrime and Forensics Bureau of the Police Department. Fairfax County. “They observed what appeared to be human remains. We contacted the Medical Examiner’s Office.

Authorities said the bodies’ decomposition made them difficult to identify. However, they believe one of the victims is Cheyenne Brown, 29, who was reported missing by the Washington, DC Metropolitan Police (MPD) on October 12.

This basket was found in a wooded area near the Moon Inn hotel in Alexandria, Virginia. (Photo: Fairfax County Police Department)

According to Metro Police, Brown was last seen Thursday, Sept. 30 in the 200 block of SE 36th Street.

Fairfax police confirmed to 8News on Monday that they are now also working with detectives in Redding, Calif., to confirm who they believe may be the fourth victim.

“When the women were found, leaflets indicating the disappearance of Stephanie Harrison were also discovered,” Second Lieutenant James Curry said. “Based on the flyer and recent registration records, we believe Stephanie Harrison stayed at the same hotel as the suspect. Our detectives continue to explore the possibility that Stephanie Harrison is the fourth victim. We are working with authorities Californians and his family to obtain a DNA sample for further analysis.

Even still, authorities have said there may be more victims with ties to the suspected serial killer Robinson.

“He’s already killed four, and we suspect he has more victims,” ​​Fairfax County Police Chief Kevin Davis said. “What else is he responsible for?” We know he had addresses as far north as New York.

While May said she hoped there would be no more victims, she also told 8News that she would like to connect with families who are also grieving the loss of their loved ones.

“It makes me really sad because I know there are other people who are going through the same thing, the same feeling.”

According to Fairfax police, detectives continue to pursue additional leads in this ongoing investigation. Anyone with information is asked to contact their Major Crimes office at 703-246-7800.