Police: Man facing murder charges after woman found dead at South Boston motel taken into custody in NC

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SOUTH BOSTON, Va. (WFXR) — Police say a man wanted for murder after a woman was found dead in a South Boston motel room last week was taken into custody in North Carolina on Wednesday.

According to the South Boston Police Department, the Halifax County 911 Center first received a report about an unresponsive female at the Super 8 Motel at 1040 Bill Tuck Highway in South Boston shortly after 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 24. When first responders arrived on scene, they found a dead woman in one of the first floor motel rooms.

Police identified the victim as 26-year-old Mahalia Townes of Clarksville, saying she appeared to have wounds consistent with being assaulted.

The department announced on Wednesday, Aug. 25 that a warrant for second-degree murder had been issued for 31-year-old Michael Anthony Small of Buffalo Junction.

Then, shortly after 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 1, officials say Small was apprehended by the Durham Police Department in North Carolina.

In a statement released later Wednesday night, South Boston Police Chief Bryan Young announced that Small turned himself in to the U.S. Marshall Task Force without incident at the Durham County Detention Center.

Small is reportedly being held at the North Carolina detention center for a second degree murder charge.

However, police say they are still searching for the 2009 blue Honda Accord they believe Small drove away from the motel. The vehicle has Virginia registration UEU7309, as well as the words “Hope” and “Harmony” on the vehicle’s back glass.

If you have any information about Townes’ death or the location of the Honda Accord described above, you are asked to call the South Boston Police Department at 434-575-7203 or the Halifax County Crimeline at 434-476-8445.

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