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MPD to begin massive search in landfill for body of Evon Young

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MILWAUKEE (WITI) -- Milwaukee police will begin a massive search on Monday, January 28th at an undisclosed  landfill for the body of Evon Young; born a woman but living for years as a man.

Young, a local rapper, was reported missing on Wednesday, January 2nd by his mother Annette Cross-Perry -- and five people are now charged in connection with the disappearance and murder of Young.

In a news conference on Thursday afternoon, January 24th, Milwaukee police indicated they will be using cadaver dogs and garbage-moving equipment at the landfill in their search for Young. There's also been a hold on garbage dumping at the landfill. Again, police would not disclose the location of the landfill.

Milwaukee police also noted a significant change in charges for the five people accused in Young's disappearance and death.

Devin Seaberry, Ron Allen, Victor Stewart, Billy Griffin, Ashanti Mcalister

Devin Seaberry, Ron Allen, Victor Stewart, Billy Griffin, Ashanti Mcalister

On Wednesday, only two of the five people accused in the case were facing first-degree intentional homicide charges. The other three faced substantial battery charges. But as of Thursday, all five now face first-degree intentional homicide charges. The charges come with a maximum life in prison sentence upon conviction.

Devin Seaberry and Ron Allen made their initial appearances in court on Thursday. Police say all five men in this case put a bag over Young's head, beat him with tools, took turns strangling him with a chain, and then one of them shot Young three times. Police say they then took Young's body and put it in a dumpster.

Police also mentioned in the Thursday news conference that they may have determined the motive in the case. They believe the five accused thought Young let a burglar into the house that he shared with Billy Griffin. That burglar apparently took electronics and music equipment from Griffin.

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