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Convict leads police to Tamika Houston's remains


Left: Tamika Houston, a woman who disappeared under suspicious circumstances from her home in Spartanburg, SC. Christopher Lamont Hampton, has been charged with murder has been charged with her murder.

Update on Tamika Houston. Her disappearance wasn’t splashed across the headlines and 24/7 news outlets like Natalee Holloway’s abduction (and now presumed murder) in Aruba. I posted about this on the Blend back in June.

A convicted bank robber led police to a set of skeletal remains believed to be those of Tamika Huston, a woman he once dated who had been missing for more than a year. Authorities hope to have the remains identified in the coming week.

Christopher Lamont Hampton, 25, was charged with murder in Huston’s June 2004 disappearance. He had been scheduled for release Friday from an Edgefield County prison after serving three months for violating probation stemming from a bank robbery conviction, but he was taken into custody instead.

New forensic evidence linked Hampton to Huston’s disappearance, Spartanburg Public Safety Director Tony Fisher said. He would not release details, but he said the evidence was in addition to blood police found at Hampton’s former apartment.

Huston was recently spotlighted in a “Dateline NBC” report about the disappearances of attractive white women getting more media coverage than the disappearances of men or minorities.

Huston was black, and her aunt, a public relations representative, told NBC she tried for months without success to get the national networks to publicize her niece’s story.

Thanks to House Blender a tart tongued harpy for the pointer.

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