Buried Feet Under…Trash

Buried Feet Under…Trash

Washington D.C. police refuse to look for body of Latisha Frazier, who family believes has been dumped in a landfill.

Published May 12, 2011

They say that parents should never have to bury their children, but for Caroline Frazier, that’s not even an option. In fact, this mother isn’t thinking about her daughter being buried six feet underground, but instead about her being buried 70 feet under trash.


On Aug. 2 in southeast Washington D.C., Frazier’s daughter, Latisha Frazier, went missing. For months Frazier’s family searched high and low for the 18-year-old. And subsequently, the police searched for suspects.


In January, Brian Gaither was arrested by police on an unrelated charge and eventually admitted to being a part of a group that had invited Frazier to an apartment and beat her because they believed she’d stolen money from one of their friends.


Gaither went on to admit that the group placed the girl in a stranglehold and stashed her body in a bag and threw it in a trash bin outside, reports the Associated Press. Gaither was one of the five people charged with the teen’s murder. Though the clue seems as if it would have been a huge break in the case for the family and the prosecution, District of Columbia police and prosecutors are refusing to search the landfill just outside of Richmond, Virginia, in which the body may rest.


They are declining to search in the landfill because the levels of methane, used needles and other dangerous artifacts would put the officers in danger, cost millions to dig through the 500,000 cubic yards of trash and take at least six months. Frazier’s body is believed to be more than 60 feet below the trash’s surface.


Public defender, Eugene Ohm is upset that the police are not handling the case in a similar fashion to that of Chandra Levy, the D.C. intern whose search lasted over a year and drew national attention. Frazier’s dad, Barry Campbell, also said that the case is being treated differently. He says, had his daughter not been in the “small world,” helping people at her job at McDonald’s and living in a blue-collar neighborhood, then her case would have received a more thorough search.


As far as the police are concerned this is not a case of “Missing White Girl Syndrome,” the name given to a phenomenon where a white girl goes missing and police and national media make all efforts in order to find her, but there are minimal efforts when a Black girl disappears.


Though they have received some answers, it seems as if the Frazier family will never get closure on this upsetting death.


Written by Danielle Wright


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