NORRISTOWN, Pa. (TSTIME) — A 20-year-old has been charged in a 2019 Philadelphia case involving an unidentified body found buried at Awbury Arboretum, Montgomery County District Attorney Kevin Steele said Wednesday. Authorities have charged Keshaun Sheffield with the August 2019 murder of 22-year-old Rashid Young at Young’s High Street flat in Pottstown.
Young’s body remains were later found inside a bag by a gardener at the Awbury Arboretum in Philadelphia in September 2019 and remained unidentified until recent information uncovered by county detectives of Montgomery lead to identification through dental records.
A murder investigation began two weeks ago after a private investigator, hired by Young’s family, asked authorities to investigate Young’s disappearance, reported in December 2019.
A confidential informant, cell phone records and other investigative means helped detectives determine that the two had been in a romantic relationship for two years when Young disappeared.
Police were first called to the Pottstown apartment to a report of water coming from the apartment and after forcing entry officers discovered the apartment appeared to be intentionally flooded. There were holes in the walls, broken doors and trash strewn everywhere, authorities said.
Homicide investigators determined Sheffield stabbed Young to death in his apartment before transporting the body in a recycling container from Pottstown Borough to a Philadelphia home where he lived with his mother. He then dug a hole at Awbury Arboretum with the help of a friend, then returned and buried the body.
Sheffield reportedly followed Young’s social media accounts and used his cellphone to communicate with Young’s family in an effort to make it look like he was still alive from August to December.
He also made numerous withdrawals from the victim’s $2 million trust fund before Young was declared missing.
Sheffield was charged with first degree murder and other related charges. There is no bail available for the first degree murder charges.
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