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.
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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