NEW YORK (TCD) -- A 30-year-old man was formally charged with murder and other charges this week in connection with his girlfriend's death.
According to the Queens District Attorney's Office, a grand jury returned an indictment for Kareem Flake on charges of murder, kidnapping, criminal possession of a weapon, and tampering with physical evidence for allegedly killing 26-year-old Destini Smothers in November 2020. Smothers was also the mother of his two children.
The statement says 26-year-old Smothers and Flake were last seen Nov. 3, 2020, leaving a bowling alley in Queens. Her family reported her missing five days later in her hometown of Troy, New York.
On March 10, 2021, a Toyota Camry was being towed at the intersection of 134th Avenue and 151st Place in South Jamaica, Queens, when the towing operator reportedly saw a flat tire on the car. The operator opened the trunk to find a spare and instead found Smothers' decomposing body. The Camry reportedly belonged to Flake.
An autopsy determined Smothers died from a gunshot wound to the head.