Police: Man arrested after traveling several days with dead body in trunk of car

Published 2:53 pm Wednesday, October 28, 2020

A Virginia man was arrested after officers responded to a car crash and discovered a dead body in the trunk of the man’s car. Officers believe the man had apparently been traveling with the body decomposing in the trunk for several days after he killed the victim.

Robert Deupree Avery Coltrain, 25, was arrested and charged with illegal transport of human remains and second-degree murder in the death of 25-year-old Brian Trotter, news outlets reported.

Officers discovered the decomposing body of  Trotter, an aspiring hip-hop artist, inside the trunk of a Coltrain’s car after it crashed on the Palmetto Expressway Sunday afternoon.

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A Miami-Dade police report said Florida Highway Patrol responded to the crash on the Palmetto Expressway and found Coltrain and his silver Acura.

Troopers towed the car to the parking lot of a nearby mall and became suspicious of Coltrain when he asked to remove his belongings from the car, which included a gun case.

Authorities said they were also suspicious because they noticed buzzing flies and the smell of rotting flesh around the car.

Troopers opened Coltrain’s trunk and found Trotter’s body “wrapped in a piece of fabric and in an advanced stage of decomposition,” the police report said.

An autopsy revealed Trotter was fatally shot multiple times.

A motive for the killing wasn’t immediately released.

Trotter was last seen on Oct. 17 leaving his home in Triangle, Virginia with Coltrain, who is also from Virginia.

The two had reportedly been friends for more than a decade. Trotter’s family said he was trying to forge a hip-hop career. His rap name was “Kent Won’t Stop.”