Niagara Falls, N.Y., coroner: Woman in trunk stabbed, strangled

By Joe Gorman


The death of a North Side woman whose body was found in the trunk of a car in Niagara Falls, N.Y., has been ruled a homicide.

Lt. Doug Bobovnyik said Friday the Niagara County Coroner’s Office found that Anvia Mickens, 28, of Bradley Lane, died of multiple stab wounds and strangulation.

Her body was found in the trunk of a car belonging to her boyfriend, Jeshawn Elliott, 37, of Outlook Avenue, in a Niagara Falls parking lot Wednesday after Elliott’s brother called police in both cities and said Elliott told him he had stabbed Mickens.

Police have not determined where Mickens was killed.

Bobovnyik would not say how many times Mickens was stabbed, only confirming that it was more than a dozen times. The Buffalo News reported she was stabbed 23 times and an additional 14 lacerations were found during an autopsy.

Elliott is in the Niagara County jail on a charge of assault on a police officer after he had to be restrained with a stun weapon Wednesday when he pulled a folding knife on officers looking for him.

Police were first alerted Wednesday afternoon by Elliott’s brother that Mickens may have been in danger. They went to Elliott’s home and had firefighters break down a door to the house and garage to search for Mickens, but she was not there.

A crime-scene team and detectives were called to the home, however, as police here notified their counterparts in Niagara Falls to be on the lookout for Elliott and his car.

The car was found in a parking lot, but Elliott was not there. He was arrested a short time later after he borrowed a phone from someone to say he had stabbed Mickens and then rented a bicycle.

Authorities in Niagara Falls said Thursday that Elliott has refused to talk to them and has asked for a lawyer.

Detectives in both cities have been working together to try to determine where Mickens was killed.

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