Daughter's boyfriend charged in death of United flight attendant
A northwest Indiana man has been charged with the fatal stabbing and beating of his girlfriend’s mother, whose body was found in the trunk of her car, the Post-Tribune is reporting.
Damarius Rashard Wren, 18, of Merrillville, was charged Friday with the murder of Decarol Deloney-Cain, 54, a flight attendant from Crown Point whose family had last heard from her on July 3.
Her Toyota was found on Monday near 21st Avenue and Mississippi Street in Gary with the keys in the ignition. Luggage was piled atop her body, which was wrapped in black plastic with the hands and feet bound with what appeared to be red duct tape, a probable cause affidavit states.
She was identified her though her silicone breast implants.
Police spoke with Deloney-Cain’s daughter, who is Wren’s girlfriend, at the family home in Crown Point. The teen told police she’d helped her mother pack for work as a flight attendant for United Airlines, but co-workers later told police Delaney-Cain wasn’t scheduled to work until July 6 on a flight to China.
Officers didn’t notice any sign of a struggle in the home when they spoke with the girl, who told police she expected her mother to be gone for a few days on the international flight.
On July 8, a friend of the victim called police after seeing a wrench-type object in the teen’s basement bedroom and noticing a suspicious carpet stain in the basement. The girl had said it was Kool-Aid.
Police obtained a search warrant the following day, after Deloney-Cain’s brother had secured the basement and not allowed anyone there. Inside a shop-vac found near the stain was a red, watery substance with a foul odor that tested positive for the presence of blood.
Police also found what appeared to be a blood stain near a light switch by the stairs and some clothing that appeared to belong to a male on the basement bedroom floor. They also found a GPS device that was plugged in and what appeared to be red duct tape in a garbage can in the garage and a pantry in the basement.
The GPS device identified the location where Deloney-Cain’s body was found.
Wren, who also uses the name Demarius McGriggs, told police different accounts of what happened, including that he found the victim’s car in the garage and saw her body wrapped in black plastic garbage bags in the trunk.
He also told police he found the body on the basement floor and kept her daughter from going to the basement while a friend helped him tie her arms and legs, and wrap her body in the bags.
Wren also told police he was afraid about the pillow case on Deloney-Cain’s head—a fact police hadn’t mentioned to him in the interview.
The girl told police when her mother came home the morning of July 3, Wren was hiding in the basement. Wren put a pillow case over her head and began slamming her head on the stairs before he got a knife from the kitchen and started stabbing her, court records state.
The girl said she was afraid and crying, and ran upstairs to a bedroom. Wren called two friends who arrived a short time later. The girl said she saw one of them and Wren carry the body up the stairs in the plastic bags.
The teen told police she got into one of the men’s cars while Wren drove her mother’s car from the home. The teen said the friend dropped her off at the mall, but later she admitted she saw the men drive her mother’s car onto a dirt road.
The teen said she withdrew cash from her mother’s account using her ATM card out of fear of what Wren and his two friends would do to her, and that Wren and his two friends had planned to rob Deloney-Cain a few days before her death, the probable cause affidavit states.
An autopsy by the Lake County Coroner’s office noted about six puncture wounds to the upper middle area of the chest just below her neck, and a large skull fracture that indicated she was the victim of blunt force trauma. Deloney-Cain had been dead at least a couple days before her body was found.