ALTON, IL – The missing head of a pregnant Illinois woman who had been decapitated in her home has been discovered in a nearby dumpster, and her ex-boyfriend has been charged in the woman’s horrific and brutal death, according to police.
Deundrea Holloway, 22, has been charged with two counts of first-degree murder in the death of Liese Dodd, also 22; the suspect has also been hit with two counts of intentional homicide of an unborn child, dismembering a human body, concealment of a homicide and possessing a stolen vehicle, officials say.
Dodd’s severed head discovered callously discarded in a dumpster located outside of her Alton apartment after her lifeless body was found on Thursday by her mother, Heidi Noel, who had stopped by to check on her daughter after she had not heard from her, according to Alton Police Department Chief Marcos Pulido.
“What was observed, what was learned, what was found, is absolutely terrible,” he said. “She was decapitated by a freaking savage monster.”
Dodd had been expecting a baby girl on July 27, which would have been her first child; Noel confirmed that the family was going to throw her a baby shower at the end of this month.
“I had just sent out invitations the prior Saturday for the baby shower. We were just excited and gathering the items you need to have a baby,” Noel said. “She wasn’t set on a name yet. She said ‘my little bean.’ So, we essentially were calling the baby ‘baby bean.’”
While Holloway had been involved in an “on-and-off” relationship with the victim over the course of two years, authorities have not yet confirmed if the child had been his or not; however, Noel has insisted to local media that Holloway was not the father.
The heartbroken Noel described her daughter as a sweet girl with a “beautiful smile” and a bright future ahead of her.
“She was just a bright light that cared for everyone,” she said. “She had a big heart. She’d do anything for anyone. She’d go out of her way to help people. She had attended college and was planning on going into the medical field. I’m a nurse, and, so, she was towing with heading in that direction.”
Noel noted that Dodd had an volatile and unhealthy relationship with Holloway, which is why she went over to her apartment to check on her.
Litchfield resident Holloway previously only had a single robbery on his record; however, he had already been arrested on Thursday in connection with an unrelated bicycle theft when police realized he was the suspect in Dodd’s murder as well.
Holloway reportedly was “combative” and “uncooperative” at the police station – attempting to bang his head against the wall – and initially only identified himself as “John Doe.” He is currently being held on $2 million bail.