Family seeking answers after woman stabbed to death, found in chest

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LAWRENCE (March 24, 2014) — Police are investigating the death of a woman after she was found stuffed in a wooden chest near a dumpster.

Jazmine Trammell, 24, was stabbed multiple times, according to investigators from the Lawrence Police Department. Her body was found inside a container at the Maison Gardens Apartment complex near 42nd Street and Post Road Sunday night.

A security guard found the body in a wooden chest next to a dumpster around 5 p.m. and called police. Someone had left a handwritten note on a security guard’s car at the complex.


Jazmine Trammell was found dead inside of this wooden chest.

“I’ll go crazy trying to make sense of this,” cried Denise Wilson, Trammell’s aunt. “[The coroner] took out her digital camera and showed me the picture [of her body] and it was my beautiful niece with blood all over her face.”

Wilson said Trammell was staying with her sister the night before. She left Sunday morning, they believe, to meet someone.

Her mother recalls an incriminating text she read from her daughter more than one week ago.

“[Jazmine said] she saw some things and done some things. She was in a dangerous game and [asked] to just pray for her,” said Wilson.

Trammell has also had other run-ins with the law over the last several years. Police say she tended to move around often, staying with different friends and family members.

Dozens of family and friends held a prayer vigil at the crime scene Monday night. Many brought balloons, stuffed animals and candles in memory.

“To know Jazzy is to love Jazzy,” said Tamika Williams, Trammell’s aunt. “Speak out. Somebody say something, please. Don’t let my niece be just known as the girl in the box because she’s not. She’s not.”

The wooden trunk and anonymous note have each been taken in for forensic investigation. Detectives are urging anyone with information to call Lawrence Police at (317) 545-7575 or Crime Stoppers at (317) 262-TIPS.