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Murder charge filed in dismemberment of Minnesota woman

  • May 23, 2014 - 11:23 PM

A Minnesota woman who had struggled with addiction and moved to California last fall for work had e-mailed her grandmother in February, saying she was coming to visit her in Phoenix because she needed money. But Jamie Lea Harmer never showed up.

Police found Harmer’s dismembered remains in plastic bags scattered along railroad tracks April 27. On Tuesday, Christopher Marcus Brown, 28, was arrested in her death after authorities searched his apartment and found physical evidence related to Harmer’s killing.

Brown, who lives in Riverside, Calif., was formally charged with murder Friday.

“We have a blessing in the fact that she was found. We will have her and we can put her to rest,” Olive Pinske, Harmer’s paternal grandmother, said Friday.

Authorities have not told family members how Harmer died, Pinske said. Police have described Harmer as a transient, and Pinske said Brown lived near a corner where her granddaughter hung out, but she doesn’t know if they knew each other.

Associated Press

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