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Mother identifies body found in Henrico field: ‘She didn’t deserve this’

Posted at 11:14 PM, Jul 22, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-22 23:41:15-04

HENRICO COUNTY, Va., — A mother interviewed by CBS 6 has identified the body found in a Henrico field as 25-year-old Chelsea Lenig-Maguire, although Henrico Police have not yet released the victim’s name.

Police discovered human remains along the 2200 block of Charles City Road near Klocker Road in Sandston on Tuesday.

"During the investigation, officers and detectives identified Christian Thomas Clark, as a person of interest," a Henrico Police spokesperson said. "On July 22, 2020, just after midnight, Clark, 22, was arrested and charged with illegal disposal of a body, and an outstanding warrant for a failure to appear warrant for possession of a controlled substance."

Jennifer Maguire told CBS 6 by phone from Florida that she received a call from police on Wednesday notifying her of the discovery.

“Last time I talked to her was the Monday before last. It wasn’t like Chelsea. She would text me or call me every other day so I reported her missing,” she explained.

Maguire said her daughter and Clark were in a relationship. The 25-year-old aspired to be a tattoo assistant.

“She was a big-hearted person and didn’t deserve it,” Maguire said.

Justine Andrus, Lenig-Maguire’s friend, said she spoke to the victim on Sunday.

“She was very kind-hearted and warm-hearted,” Andrus explained. “She was a really kind person.”

Family members have set up a GoFundMe to help pay for the funeral costs

Police have not yet released the name of the deceased, nor that person's cause of death. Detectives have not revealed the connection between the suspect and the body.

Clark declined an interview from Henrico Jail West where he remains without bond. He’s due in court in October.