Mansfield police make arrest related to missing person case from Texas

Dequalan Harris (Courtesy Richland County Jail)

Mansfield Police arrested a man Saturday after finding a dead body in the trunk of a car outside a Mansfield home.

Dequalan Harris of Cedar Hill, Texas was charged with obstructing official business, resisting arrest and abuse of a corpse after being arrested trying to run away from officers.

Police in Mansfield said they were contacted by the department in Cedar Hill and asked to check a Mansfield house for a woman who had gone missing. When Mansfield officers went to the home, they found the woman's car. Harris told them he had not seen the woman since picking up a child at her home in Texas on Thursday. Mansfield police said they told Harris that Texas police wanted him detained. After a struggle and short chase, Mansfield officers used tasers and arrested Harris.

While towing and inspecting the car, Mansfield police say they found a dead woman in the trunk.

No identification has been made on the woman, pending an autopsy. The case is under investigation.

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