Daughter’s boyfriend charged in Crown Point woman’s killing
Post-Tribune staff report July 11, 2014 9:08PM
Decarol Deloney of Crown Point was identified as the woman found dead in a car trunk in Gary. | Photo provided/Sun-Times Media
Updated: July 12, 2014 2:01AM
A Merrillville teenager has been charged with killing a Crown Point woman, the mother of his girlfriend, whose body was found Monday in the trunk of her car in Gary.
Damarius R. Wren, 18, of the 3300 block of West 80th Avenue, was charged Friday in the death of Decarol Deloney-Cain, 54, a flight attendant whose family had last heard from her on July 3.
Police said Deloney-Cain’s teen daughter originally denied knowledge of what happened to her mother but later admitted that Wren attacked her July 3, beating and stabbing her to death.
The girl told police that when her mother came home the morning of July 3, Wren was hiding in the basement, attacked her, put a pillowcase over her head and began slamming her head on the basement stairs. He then got a knife from the kitchen and started stabbing Deloney-Cain with it, police reported.
Gary police discovered her body in her Toyota near 21st Avenue and Mississippi Street. Luggage was piled atop Deloney-Cain’s body, which was wrapped in black plastic and her hands and feet were bound with red duct tape, police reported.
They said Deloney-Cain had been dead at least a couple days before her body was found and was identified though her breast implants.
Deloney-Cain’s daughter initially told police that she had helped her mother pack July 3 for a United Airlines flight, but co-workers later said Delaney-Cain wasn’t scheduled to work until July 6 on a flight to China.
Officers didn’t notice signs of a struggle in the home when they spoke with the girl, who told police she expected her mother to be gone a few days on an international flight, police said.
On July 8, a friend of the victim called police after seeing a wrench-type object in the girl’s basement bedroom and noticing a suspicious carpet stain in the basement. Police said they obtained a search warrant the next day and found a shop-vac containing a watery substance with a foul odor that tested positive for the presence of blood.
Detectives also saw a bloodstain near a light switch by the basement stairs, male clothing on the basement bedroom floor, a GPS device and red duct tape in a garbage can in the garage and in a pantry in the basement, according to police. They said the GPS device identified the location where Deloney-Cain’s body was found.
Police said Wren, who also uses the name Demarius McGriggs, gave different accounts of what happened, including that he had found Deloney-Cain’s body wrapped in plastic garbage bags in the trunk of her car in the garage.
He later said he had found the woman’s body on the basement floor and kept her daughter from going to the basement while a friend of his helped him tie her arms and legs and wrap her body in the bags.
Under questioning by police, Deloney-Cain’s daughter admitted that Wren killed her mother and that he and two friends had planned to rob Deloney-Cain a few days before her death, according to police.
They said the girl told detectives that she ran to her bedroom after her mother was attacked, and Wren called two friends who arrived a short time later. She told police she saw Wren and another man carry her mother’s body up the stairs in the plastic bags.
She got into one of the men’s cars while Wren drove her mother’s car from the home and later saw Wren drive her mother’s car onto a dirt road, police reported.
The teen drew cash from her mother’s account using her ATM card because she feared what Wren and his two friends would do to her, police said.