Human remains found by police officers during canine training on Wednesday were identified today as those of 22-year-old Takeria Adderly, who was reported missing one month ago, Lakeland police said. Medical examiners determined she was a homicide victim, and police say a “person of interest” in Adderly’s death is already in jail for theft of her car.
The remains were found concealed by vegetation near the intersection of Bella Vista Street and Fairbanks Street early Wednedsay, police said.
Adderly’s vehicle was found abandoned in southeast Lakeland on July 7, and evidence in the car led investigators to Cristian Darrach, 21, Lakeland Police spokeswoman Robin Tillett said. He was interviewed three days later and charged with grand theft and burglary of Adderly’s vehicle, as well as additional charges of tampering with evidence and violation of probation, Tillett said.
Darrach remains in the Polk County Jail, and police say he is a “primary person of interest in Adderly’s disappearance and now her death.”
Adderly was reported missing by family members on June 3, and detectives have received 18 search warrants and viewed about 250 hours of surveillance video to put together Adderly’s movements prior to her disappearance.
“This remains an open and active investigation. No other details will be released at this time to protect the integrity of the investigation,” police said in a news release. “Anyone with information related to the case is encouraged to contact Detective Cory Lawson at 863.834.8975, 863.559.5137, or [email protected].”