Cousins! Prince George’s County Police have confirmed the arrest of a 33-year-old man in connection to the murder of a beloved second-grade teacher, who was recently reported as missing!
As we previously reported Mariame Toure Sylla was last seen taking her routine walk within her neighborhood on Saturday, July 29th. It has been stated that she had walked within the 6500 block of Lake Park Drive.
Her family alongside fellow community members had actively searched for her over the course of four to five weeks.
Mariame’s son Mohammed previously stated that he believed she had been walking from a neighborhood park at the time.
According to reports from ABC News, in mid August Greenbelt Police Department stated that they had no leads on Mariame’s whereabouts and had failed to secure any clues.
Sources state that officials had been contacted following concerns about the possibility of human remains in a local area on August 1st. Reports read that Mariame’s body parts were discovered in the 7300 block of Alexandria Ferry Road in Clinton.
Maryland Bureau Chief Brad Bell says that it took weeks for the dismembered body to be properly identified.
Investigators are said to have analyzed a security video from the scene that showed a pickup truck repeatedly traveling to and from the area where Mariame’s remains had been discovered. Officials later named Harold Landon III as a suspect and arrested him.
Reports read that though the two lived near each other, they were strangers. Investigators also confirmed that Harold had been in the park at the same time as Mariame.
“I just think we have a person who decided to go out and commit a horrific crime,” said Prince George’s County Police Chief Malik Aziz during a press conference Friday. “The most horrific crime you can do is murder and do that for some unknown and unjustifiable reason.”
He added, “Motives, in these cases, even if it exists, in no way would it bring any resolve to a family. For whatever reason, it’s senseless. The type of violence is depraved…it’s disturbing.”
WUSA-News reports that Harold has been in the custody of the Department of Corrections since August 1 on unrelated assault charges. At this time he is currently facing first-degree murder charges for Sylla’s death.