Michael Anthony Edwards was indicted this week for the murder of Leyla Namiranian.
The victim was last seen leaving work in 2012.
The crime occurred in Chesterfield County, Va. and the arrest was reported Sept. 27, 2015.
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A man has been charged with first-degree murder in the case of missing Altria executive Leyla Namiranian. Michael Anthony Edwards was indicted Wednesday and taken into custody Thursday morning.
Namiranian was last seen leaving work on April 4, 2012. Police have declared her dead, despite the fact her body is still missing.
Edwards, previously told police he was dating Namiranian at the time of her disappearance.
“There is a laundry list of evidence,” that led police to take this case to a grand jury, said Chesterfield police Capt. Chris Hensley, which includes electronic evidence. "Prior to trial I don’t want to go into the details of any information that was discovered in the investigation.”
Earlier in the investigation, police announced Edwards' phone records placed him on Robious Road, near Namiranian’s home, the night before she was reported missing. Detectives later found two cell phones belonging to Namiranian alongside Interstate 95, one on the shoulder of the northbound lanes, near the Henrico-Hanover border, the other in a ditch about a mile north.
Chesterfield Police said Edwards worked near the area where the phones were found. Then, in January 2013, police unsealed court papers that showed blood had been found in the trunk of a car belonging to Edwards. Detectives at the time said physical evidence in the Namiranian case did not conclusively tie him to her disappearance and he has never been charged.
On Wednesday, September 16, the facts of the case were presented to the Richmond metropolitan Grand Jury, who returned the first-degree murder indictment.
Edwards has been taken into custody in Henrico. He was convicted in 1990 of brutally stabbing a woman and assaulting her daughter.
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