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Human remains discovered in Joppa believed to be missing person; man charged with murder

Homicide

Human remains were found in Joppa Wednesday, in the same neighborhood where a man was reported missing earlier this week.

The Harford County Sheriff's Office says it has charged a man who lived at the same address and believes the remains are those of the missing person, who it believes met with foul play.

"We have an active, ongoing investigation, which uncovered some evidence that a crime may have occurred in a house in the 500 block of Terrapin Terrace in Joppa," sheriff's office spokesperson Monica Worrell said shortly before 4 p.m. Wednesday.

Around 6 p.m., Worrell confirmed that human remains were found in the house, as well as in a nearby Dumpster on Trimble Road, and that Alexander Kinyua, 21, of 500 block of Terrapin Terrace, has been charged with first-degree murder and first- and second degree assault; he was in custody Wednesday night awaiting an appearance before the district court commissioner.

Worrell said the remains have been turned over to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner for identification.

"The body must be identified officially by the medical examiner, but we strongly suspect it is our missing person," she said.

The sheriff's office had notified the public on Monday about a 37-year-old man who was missing from the Terrapin Terrace neighborhood, a cluster of townhouses off Trimble Road.

Kujoe Bonsafo Agyei-Kodie was last seen Friday, May 25, near his home in the 500 block of Terrapin Terrace, at approximately 5:30 a.m. He had not been located as of Wednesday morning.

Worrell said she could not discuss the circumstances that led police to the remains, except that the sheriff's office had executed a search and seizure warrant at the home on Terrapin Terrace.

She said the suspect who is in custody had not yet been charged, so she could not release their name.

Late Wednesday afternoon, crime scene tape had been strung along Trimble Road in front of the Terrapin Terrace townhouses, and patrol cars blocked both entrances to the community, refusing to let people drive into the street from Trimble Road.

One of the deputies on the scene said the entire neighborhood was considered a crime scene and access to the street was restricted.

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