Disturbing tweets have emerged after a 19-year-old woman who recently protested police killings was found dead after going missing earlier this month.
The bodies of Oluwatoyin Salau, and Victoria Sims, 75, were discovered in Tallahassee in the US state of Florida on Saturday night, local police said in a news release sent Monday.
On the day she disappeared, Ms Salau tweeted about a man who molested her, providing a description of him, his home and his car.
In addition to detailing the alleged assault which she said happened on the day she went missing, Ms Salau also described how another man sexually assaulted her previously.
Police said they’ve taken a 49-year-old man into custody. The release didn’t provide any other details about the case or explain any relationship between the two victims and the man they’ve taken into custody.
The Tallahassee Democrat reported that Ms Salau had been active in Black Lives Matter demonstrations, reciting the names of people who had been killed by police, including Tony McDade of Tallahassee and George Floyd of Minneapolis.
“I don’t want their names gone in vain,” Salau said during a protest in front of the Tallahassee Police Department in May.
“I don’t want their names gone in vain” says protestor Oluwatoyin pic.twitter.com/AKm5DG7Nja— Nada Hassanein (@nhassanein_) May 30, 2020
“Toyin was very passionate,” her friend Danaya Hemphill told the Tallahassee Democrat
“She was very vocal, she was very loving, very spiritual, very caring. Toyin she was like a light in a dark room. That was Toyin.”
Ms Sims was a retired state worker and was well-known for her volunteerism and work in local Democratic politics.
Officers discovered the bodies while following up on a missing person case, the newspaper reported.
According to a tweet from the Tallahassee Police Department, Ms Salau went missing on June 9, according to WTXL, Ms Sims went missing on June 11.
Tweets detail alleged sexual assault
It has since emerged that Salau shared disturbing tweets about a man molesting her on the day she went missing.
“I was molested in Tallahassee, Florida by a black man this morning at 5:30 on Richview and Park Ave,” Ms Salau tweeted.
“The man offered to give me a ride to find someplace to sleep and recollect my belongings from a church I refuged to a couple days back to escape unjust living conditions.”
At the time of the alleged assault, Ms Salau says she didn’t have a phone on her and the man “came disguised as a man of God”.
Mid 40's lives in a gray painted duplex apartment style house drives a white clean Silverado Chevrolet truck https://t.co/psDCtYva2n— Oluwatoyin (@virgingrltoyin) June 6, 2020
Once Ms Salau arrived at the man’s house, she showered and he provided her with a change of clothes, he then exposed himself and she told him about a previous sexual assault she experienced with another man who tried to force her to perform oral sex and harass her “for days”.
While the man’s roommate was asleep, and Ms Salau was trying to calm herself down, he asked if she wanted a massage.
The man then started touching Ms Salau “until he climaxed and then went to sleep”.
“Before I realised what happened to me I looked over and his clothes were completely off. Once I saw he was asleep I escaped from the house and started walking from Richview Road to anywhere else,” Ms Salau tweeted.
Following the string of tweets, people became concerned and now the thread is inundated with the news Ms Salau was found dead.
Suspect identified, in police custody
Tallahassee Police have released a statement identifying the suspect who was taken into custody in connection to the double homicide.
“The suspect in this case has been identified as Aaron Glee Jr, 49. As stated earlier, he has been taken into custody,” Officer Rachelle Denmark from Tallahassee Police Department said.
“At approximately 9:15 pm Saturday night, June 13th, TPD investigators arrived in 2100 block of Monday Road in the course of a follow up investigation in a missing person case,” the initial press release says.
“During the course of the investigation, two deceased people were located in the area.”
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