BROOKLYN PARK, Minn. - Authorities have identified the woman whose body was found in a trunk at a Minneapolis tow yard last week, and named a man charged with the murder of another woman as the lead suspect in her death.
Officers were called to Wrecker Services on May 20 after an employee noticed a smell coming from the trunk of a vehicle. Inside, they found the decomposing body of 24-year-old Klaressa Lorayne Cook from Gainesville, Georgia.
During the preliminary investigation detectives determined that the vehicle had been towed from the Rainbow Foods parking lot at 8020 Brooklyn Blvd in Brooklyn Park April 11. Police immediately began investigating the case as a probable homicide.
In the days since Cook's body was recovered investigators have built a case that identifies a man charged in the death of 18-year-old Brittany Clardy of St. Paul as the main suspect in Cook's murder as well.
Alberto Prece Palmer, age 24, is currently being held in the Anoka County jail on charges of first degree murder. Police say Clardy was working as a prostitute and was killed by Palmer during a dispute after having sex with the suspect.
Brooklyn Park Police identify him as the suspect in the Cook case as well.
While the cases of the two women are hauntingly similar, official charges have not yet been filed in Klaressa Cook's murder.
Authorities do not believe there are more victims here, but say they are not ruling anything out.
Police in Georgia issued arrest warrants against Palmer late last year after they say he attacked two women who he met online. Investigators say both of them escaped.
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