Medical examiner identifies woman found in the trunk of car



Posted on April 28, 2014 at 8:53 AM

Updated Monday, Apr 28 at 5:22 PM

SPOKANE, Wash. -- The Spokane County Medical Examiner’s Office identified the woman who was found dead in the trunk of a car in South Spokane Thursday night.

Authorities said Latanya Chapin, 51, died from blunt, sharp head and neck injuries. Her death was ruled a homicide.

Officials said was reported missing on April 7 and found wrapped in sheets and plastic.

Officials said Juan Edward Sifuentez, 32, was in custody in connection to Chapin’s death. They said his nickname is 'Trouble.' He was booked at 10:15 Friday morning for 2nd Degree Murder. Authorities said Sifuentez was Chapin’s daughter's boyfriend.

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Chapin’s daughter, Racheal Colby, 29, was also arrested and booked into jail for Rendering Criminal Assistance and Trafficking Stolen Property.

Court documents said Colby told detectives Sifuentez made her hide a baseball bat used in the murder in a storage shed.

Detectives searched a storage unit on E. Montgomery in relation to the investigation. Court documents said detectives believe the murder happened in a garage near Montgomery and Hutchinson.

Court records stated that Sifuentez claimed his girlfriend was the one who stabbed and hit the victim. Records also suggested Colby admitted to helping load her mother's body in her trunk.

Authorities said there evidence suggested Sifuentez and Colby used Chapin’s bank accounts after Sifuentez was accused of killing her.