A Florida man has been charged with the murder of a woman who had no known criminal history and had been living in a hotel suite for three years.
The Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office announced Monday that 40-year-old David Meeks Jr. was arrested in connection with the killing of 26-yearold Rachel Withers on Saturday in a parking lot in towneplace apartments in the city of Sunrise.
Wither, who had a history of mental illness and had lived in a residential complex for three months, had been staying at the TownePlace suites in towneeplace since September, the sheriff’s office said.
“This murder is completely inexplicable,” sheriff’s deputy John Gascón said in a statement.
“We are not sure why Rachel’s life was taken.
This case is the first time we have ever been able to identify a suspect for this crime.”
Wither was found dead in her car in the parking lot at around 3 a.m. on Saturday, according to authorities.
Her body was later taken to a local hospital, where she was pronounced dead.
She was believed to have been hit by a vehicle driven by Meeks and then killed, according the sheriff.
She had lived with Meeks at the hotel since September.
Wethers’ brother, Matthew Witherson, told CNN that he and his sister were going to be staying at a hotel in town, and had moved in together two months ago.
“She just got a new room,” he said.
Meeks was booked into the Palm Beach Jail on $1 million bond.
He is scheduled to appear in court on March 7.
The sheriff’s department said Wither’s death was being investigated as a homicide and that it was also looking into possible other incidents that may have led to her death.
The investigation into the death of Wither has not yet been released.
Withering had been a regular at the condo, which is owned by the Florida Department of Children and Families, and Meeks had lived there for the past three months.