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Missing Musician’s Remains Found in Car

April 17, 2006

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) _ The dismembered remains of a 22-year-old woman were found in a car driven by her aunt and uncle, officials said Sunday. Latoya Finley was last seen Feb. 24, when she told her family she was going to Los Angeles to pursue her music career.

Abilene police stopped the car in early February after a short chase, and discovered the remains in the back seat and trunk after taking the aunt and uncle into custody, Travis County Sheriff’s Detective Chris Rowland said.

Sheriff’s investigators identified the remains Sunday.

``It’s a pretty sad story,″ Rowland said. ``And when we get a chance to tell you, it’s pretty disgusting.″

Karen Denine Bunton, 38, and Tony Holmes, 26, were being held in the Taylor County Jail in Abilene on outstanding warrants. No charges have been filed in the death.

Bunton was driving the car, which belonged to Finely, and has told investigators she had her niece’s permission to use the vehicle while she was in California.

Bunton was charged with evading arrest with a motor vehicle. She faces charges in Travis County of pawning Finley’s digital camera. State law prohibits people from pawning items that do not belong to them.

Holmes was arrested on a theft charge from Travis County unrelated to Finley’s disappearance, Abilene police said.

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