Homicide Investigation in the Hickory Grove Division

10/17/2021

Charlotte, N.C. – (Sunday, October 17, 2021) – Detectives with the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department's Homicide Unit have obtained 1st Degree Murder warrants against Charles William Combs, D.O.B. 11/7/1985, in relations to the death of LaPorscha Baldwin, D.O.B. 08/17/1991.

On Sunday, October 10, 2021, LaPorscha Baldwin was reported missing in Gastonia, NC by family members. The City of Gastonia Police Department began investigating the disappearance of LaPorscha Baldwin. Through the initial investigation, Gastonia Police Department Detectives found that LaPorscha Baldwin was last seen in Mecklenburg County.

CMPD's Missing Persons Unit began assisting the Gastonia Police Department with the missing person investigation. On Wednesday, October 13, 2021, the CMPD Homicide unit began investigating the homicide of LaPorscha Baldwin. On Thursday, October 14, 2021, CMPD Homicide Detectives collaborated with the Gastonia Police Department, Federal Bureau of Investigation (F.B.I.), South Carolina Law Enforcement Division (SLED) and the Fairfield County Sheriff's Office located LaPorscha Baldwin deceased in Fairfield County, SC.

On October 16, 2021, Charles William Combs was arrested in Myrtle Beach, SC, by the Myrtle Beach Police Department in collaboration with SLED Agents and CMPD Violent Crimes Apprehension Team (VCAT). CMPD Homicide Detectives traveled to Myrtle Beach, SC, and interviewed Charles William Combs. At the conclusion of the interview, Charles William Comb will be transferred to the custody of the J. Reuben Long Detention Center in Horry County, SC, and will await extradition to Mecklenburg County.

The investigation into this case is active and ongoing.  As additional information develops, it will be released by the CMPD's Public Affairs Office.  Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call 704-432-TIPS and speak directly to a Homicide Unit detective.  Detective Barnett is the lead detective assigned to this case.  The public can also leave information anonymously by contacting Crime Stoppers at 704-334-1600 or http://charlottecrimestoppers.com/.  For additional information about this case, please refer to the report: 20211013-2031-02.

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