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Missing 72-year-old woman was killed 11 days before her body was found, boyfriend charged

Posted at 3:38 PM, Apr 23, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-23 15:51:08-04

BALTIMORE — A 72-year-old missing woman had been dead for 11 days before her body was found Tuesday inside her North Baltimore home.

Lillian Herndon died byway of asphyxiation according to an autopsy performed by the Chief Medical Examiner's Office.

Now Baltimore homicide detectives have charged her boyfriend, 56 year-old Roderick Griffin with her murder.

One neighbor told WMAR-2 News reporter Jeff Hager he had seen Griffin leaving in Herndon's vehicle over a week ago, and he never returned.

Herndon was initially reported missing after her family couldn’t reach her for about a week and a half.

Police later went to her home in the 5500 block of The Alameda, where they made the gruesome discovery.

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Griffin was taken into custody sometime later that day and eventually charged with first and second degree murder.

Detectives believe Griffin killed Herndon on April 10 following some kind of argument.