Man charged in death of DC woman found charred along highway

November 27, 2019

WASHINGTON (AP) — A Washington, D.C., man has been charged in the death of a woman whose charred remains were found along a Maryland highway over the summer.

News outlets report 36-year-old Thomas Fields Jr. was charged Tuesday with premeditated first-degree murder while armed in the death of 24-year-old Marquita Lucas.

A police statement says Lucas’ body was found in August by Maryland firefighters responding to a report of a Bowie brush fire near U.S. Route 50. Authorities determined the severely burned victim had suffered multiple injuries and was killed within D.C. limits.

The Washington Post reports Lucas’ relatives were able to identify her body because of a tattoo she had that memorialized her mother, who died of cancer in August 2018. Lucas’ body was found on the anniversary of her mother’s internment.