Hamilton police say a missing 29-year-old woman whose body was discovered on Wednesday died as a result of stab wounds.
Holly Hamilton’s former boyfriend Justin Dumpfrey, 30, was charged with second-degree murder in her death and remains in custody.
Hamilton police revealed the results of a post-mortem examination on Friday. They said no further information about Hamilton’s injuries or the weapon used in her death would be released.
Hamilton, a young mother whose disappearance was described as out of character, was last seen on Sunday and reported missing Monday.
Her 1996 Ford Escort was discovered in a parking garage near Centennial Parkway North and Barton Street East at around 1 p.m. on Wednesday by Hamilton police patrol units. Hamilton’s body was found inside the vehicle.
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Dumpfrey was arrested that day after appearing in court on an unrelated matter, police said. The charge against him has not been proven.
Hamilton’s brother, recording artist Cass Hamilton, released a statement on behalf of the family through his publicist on Friday.
“Holly is at peace now but my family and I, along with other families affected by domestic violence, will never be,” he said.
A GoFundMe fundraiser has raised more than $14,000 in donations as of Friday afternoon. Organizers said any funds raised beyond the cost of Hamilton’s funeral would be put into trust for her four-year-old daughter, who is currently in the care of her grandparents.
At a press conference on Thursday, Hamilton police addressed allegations there had been domestic violence in the couple’s relationship.
“The police had been involved in their relationship before as a result of violence. He had been charged before,” said Staff-Sgt. Dave Oleniuk of the Hamilton police homicide unit, who declined to provide further details.
Dumpfrey is scheduled to make a court appearance via video on Jan. 24.
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