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Few clues exist about woman found in backpack

Posted August 6, 2010 6:01 p.m. EDT

— A woman whose remains were found in a Mebane's man backpack had a criminal history before she went missing more than two years ago.

Court records show Lakeia Lacole Boxley had a record dating to 1995 for a variety of crimes, including shoplifting, larceny and drugs.

Boxley was living in a Durham Housing Authority apartment when she was reported missing March 31, 2008. She was 31 years old at the time.

Little else could be found Friday about who Boxley was. The only photo was a mugshot in 2000. Efforts to reach the relative who reported her missing were unsuccessful, and the office manager at her apartment complex had not heard of her.

Michael Charles Dorman, 32, has been charged with concealing or failure to report a death.

Authorities say he gave a bag of human bones that he had kept for two years to a friend and asked for help in disposing of them.

Durham County District Attorney Tracey Cline said in court Thursday that the friend told authorities that Dorman had met a prostitute and exchanged money for crack cocaine and sex but became agitated and shot her with a shotgun.

The friend also told police that Dorman had been keeping the remains in a suitcase at his father's home, Cline said.

Dorman told authorities he found the remains in Durham and had planned to take them home with him for his own sexual gratification, Cline said.

He was in the Durham County jail Friday under a $1 million bond. His public defender, Lawrence Campbell, has declined to comment on the case.