An Overlea man and woman have been charged with the murder of the woman's estranged husband, whose body was found in August outside the Elks Lodge in Abingdon, the Harford County Sheriff's Office said.

Lauren Paulette Valiquet, 28, and Walter McMillan Dorsey, 33, are charged with first-degree murder, conspiracy to commit murder and use of a firearm in commission of a felony in the murder of Travis Harrell Best, 34, of Baltimore, who was found in the 600 block of Harford Boat Club Road on Aug. 12, according to a Sheriff's Office news release.

Both suspects are being held at Baltimore County Detention Center after being arrested earlier on unrelated charges.

Baltimore County Police also have charged Dorsey in connection with a string of Baltimore County store robberies that happened last month, police said Wednesday. Valiquet is charged in one of the robberies, police said.


Best's decomposing body was found around 6:20 p.m. on Aug. 12 by Harford Sheriff's Office patrol deputies who had received a call from someone at the lodge who smelled something and went to investigate.

The Sheriff's Office Criminal Investigation Division worked with detectives from the Baltimore City and Baltimore County police departments. The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner determined Best's death was the result of homicide by shooting.

Through forensic investigation and interviews, detectives determined that on Aug. 5, Best planned to visit Valiquet and their children. Valiquet's boyfriend, Dorsey, also was present, police said.

Dorsey and Best were previously involved in a fight, according to police.

Best was last seen around 12:45 a.m. on Aug. 6 in the 7000 block of Harford Road in Baltimore. Family reported him missing Aug. 9.

Detectives are still trying to determine who shot Best and where he was killed, Cristie Kahler, spokesperson for the Sheriff's Office, said Wednesday afternoon.

Baltimore County Police said Dorsey is charged with two counts of robbery and four counts of armed robbery related to the incidents at several 7-Eleven locations, a Baskin Robbins, a Subway and a Dunkin Donuts.

The six robberies occurred between Nov. 5 and Nov. 15.

They included three separate 7-Eleven locations — one on the 7600 block of Belair Road, another on the 8000 block of Belair Road and a third on the 8600 block of Pleasant Plains Road.

Valiquet was involved in the Nov. 5 incident at the 7-Eleven on the 7600 block of Belair Road. She is charged with one count of robbery.

Police say Dorsey also robbed employees at a Baskin Robbins on the 2300 block of E. Joppa Road, a Subway on the 1600 block of E. Joppa Road and a Dunkin' Donuts on the 6300 block of Kenwood Avenue.

Dorsey was being held at the Baltimore County Detention Center on $5 million bail. Valiquet was being held on $1.5 million.

Alison Knezevich of The Baltimore Sun contributed to this article.