Body found in trunk of a car in Maryland is that of a New Rochelle man

A man from New Rochelle has been identified as one of the two victims found in the trunk of a car in Maryland.

Last Thursday, police in Maryland pulled over a dark colored Dodge sedan and discovered two bodies in the trunk. The troopers asked the two people in the car, James Moore and Porsha Harper, to open the trunk and that's when they discovered the two bodies.

The victims have been identified as a 20-year-old woman from North Carolina and 35-year-old New Rochelle resident Willie Robinson. New Rochelle police say Robinson escaped from police custody following a 1996 drug arrest and that was the last they heard of him until this week.

Investigators believe Moore, the driver of the car, and Robinson were acquaintances and at one point lived at the same Horton Avenue housing complex in New Rochelle.

Meanwhile, both Moore and Harper are now charged with murder. The car in which the two bodies were found is registered to a woman named Barbara Hayes, but police believe she's not involved in the murders.

New Rochelle police are assisting Maryland State police in the investigation. It is still not clear whether the victims were killed in Westchester or what the motive was.

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