Police believe Alexandria Salem's daughter and a 22-year-old man attacked and killed the 46-year-old before dumping her body behind a South Boulevard dry cleaner.
Late Tuesday night, officers were still seeking their chief suspects in Charlotte's 56th murder of 2008 – Daniel Francis Pataki, 22, and Michelle Morales, Salem's 21-year-old daughter.
Investigators believe the pair fled in a red Chevrolet Cobalt with N.C. license plate XKY-6459. Police encouraged anyone with information to call 704-432-TIPS.
The owner of Carolina Cleaners discovered a large plastic bag just before 7 a.m. while he was dumping trash behind his business at 5542 South Blvd. He called police, who opened the bag and found Salem's body.
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Officers believe Salem had been attacked and killed at a motel near Interstate 77 and Nations Ford Road, though officers haven't given a time frame for the killing. The Mecklenburg Medical Examiner also decline to say how or when Salem was killed.
Officers in marked police vehicles were sitting outside the family's home, an apartment in the Waterford Lakes complex just south of Arrowood Road. An officer was also at the motel where police believe Salem was killed.
A few hours after the homicide, police sent out an alert to be on the look out for the Chevrolet Cobalt. Investigators declined to give details about the vehicle or where it could be headed.
But in a news release they warned: “Do not approach the vehicle.”