Memphis, Tenn. - Sony Millbrook's dead body was found
under the mattress in room 222 of the Budget Lodge. Police now believe the body had been there since January. After housekeeping staff reported a bad smell in the room on Monday, the bed was taken apart, and Millbrook's body was found. The discovery is raising eyebrows across North America because Memphis Police had attended at Budget Lodge twice to search for Millbrook. Memphis Deputy Chief Joe Scott responded to media
questions by saying
"In hindsight should an investigator have gone in there and torn the room up? Sure.”
Millbrook had been living at the motel with her boyfriend and children.
According to the police, they were not able to access room 222 on the two occasions when they went to the hotel to look for Millbrook. They said paid guests were present in the room, so they were only able to question staff, who did not report anything unusual in room 222 until Monday. The room was rented out anywhere from two to five different times since January 2h up until the body was found Monday. The mother of five was just turning 29 when she disappeared.
Millbrook's boyfriend, LaKeith Moody, is a "person of interest" in the case. He is currently
being held by police on an unrelated federal gun charge. Deputy Chief Scott told news media
that Moody disappeared at the same time as Millbrook, but was later arrested in Millbrook's car a few weeks later. Moody is the father of at least one of Millbrook's children.
Millbrook was reported
missing by her family after she failed to pick up her children from school. Because she had not paid her bill with the hotel on January 26th, the room was locked, and her belongings removed. Police suspected homicide was the reason behind Millbrook's disappearance, but without a body, could not prove that theory.
The Director of Memphis Police, Larry Godwin, has ordered an investigation into police handling of the case.
Millbrook's brother and mother were distraught
over Millbrook's disappearance. They said Millbrook was in college, and she dropped her children off at school before going to school herself.
Memphis residents are in shock over the story, with many
asking questions as to how the police failed to search Millbrook's former motel room during their missing person investigation.
Police have asked that anyone with information related to the case contact Crime Stoppers of Memphis at (901)-528-2274.
The sister of Sony Millbrook, Linda James, has spoken with the media
. LaKeith Moody is the father of four of Millbrook's five children, and James believes the man is responsible for her sister's death. James told My Fox Memphis she had tried to get access to her sister's room at Budget Lodge, but the management would not allow her to search the room. James thinks there is a possibility her sister was still alive on January 27th, and might have been rescued if the family was allowed to search MIllbrook's room.