Search warrants obtained by ABC 8News show that a Richmond woman hid her murdered stepsister’s body in a closet before disposing of it in the city’s south side in February.
Last week, a passerby discovered the body of 20-year-old Samantha Myers in a ravine off of the 3700 block of North Hopkins Road, not far from Mt. Olivet Cemetery and Hunter Holmes McGuire VA Medical Center. Richmond Police were initially unable to identify the young woman, and released a sketch of the victim and photos of distinctive tattoos on her body to the public.
Several individuals, including Myers’ 40-year-old stepsister Yvette Hairston, came forward to positively identify the body. Police say Hairston implicated herself in Myers’ murder during a consensual interview; she was consequently charged with murder. Hairston’s 21-year-old daughter, Selena Hairston, was also charged with conspiracy to commit murder in connection with the case.
Sources say Myers had been beaten over the head several times. Though police did not recover Myers’ body until March 24, she was likely killed on or around Feb. 28. Police believed she was killed in another location before being dumped in the ravine.
According to an affidavit obtained by ABC 8News on Monday, Yvette Hairston admitted to killing Myers in an upstairs bedroom of her home at 1307 Evert Ave. before hiding her body in a closet in an adjacent room. The document also states that Hairston researched how to clean up blood online before heading to Walmart to purchase items needed to dispose of her stepsister’s body. She allegedly dumped the body early the next morning.
Search warrants also reveal that an iPad, laptop and hammer, among other items, were seized from Hairston’s home.
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