Police: Ex-Boyfriend Of Missing Gastonia Woman Charged In Her Murder
The Latest (10/17/21):
CHARLOTTE — Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police say a 35-year-old man has been arrested in the murder of a missing Gastonia woman.
Detectives with the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department’s Homicide Unit have obtained 1st Degree Murder warrants against Charles William Combs, in relations to the death of LaPorscha Baldwin. She was found dead in Fairfield County, SC.
On Sunday, October 10, 2021, LaPorscha Baldwin was reported missing in Gastonia, NC by family members. The City of Gastonia Police Department began investigating her disappearance. Through the initial investigation, Gastonia Police Department Detectives found that 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 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.
Baldwin’s family has created a Gofundme account to help with her funeral expenses. That information can be found here https://gofund.me/7bd3d038
The Latest (10/14/21):
GASTONIA, N.C. — A Gastonia family is pleading to the public to help them find their missing loved one.
30-year-old Laporscha Baldwin disappeared last Sunday after she attended church services with her family.
Baldwin has an 18-month-old baby. She left the little girl with her mother to go to work Sunday afternoon. Baldwin works as a delivery driver for Amazon. But, her family says she never showed up for work, and never returned home.
Gastonia Police found her abandoned car on I-85 Southbound between Sam Wilson Road and Belmont. Police have been trying to locate Baldwin’s ex-boyfriend, 35-year-old Charles Combs. They say he is one of the last people Baldwin spoke to before she disappeared.
We looked up his criminal history, and found back in 2007 Combs served time for second degree murder. Baldwin’s family says she would never leave her young daughter.
“If someone knows anything about her whereabouts please, please, I’m begging you, just call the police and send my baby home,” says Priscilla Baldwin, Laporscha’s mother.
Gastonia Police say Baldwin was last seen wearing a rose-colored blouse, blue jeans, and grey shoes. If you have any information about her disappearance, call 911.
Original Story (10/14/21):
GASTONIA, N.C. — Detectives are asking for the public’s help locating a missing 30-year-old woman from Gastonia.
Authorities say Laporscha Chantal Baldwin last spoke with family members around 2 p.m. on Sunday, October 10th, but since then, her family has been unable to contact her.
Baldwin’s car was located abandoned southbound on I-85 between Sam Wilson Road and Belmont, according to police.
Detectives believe that Baldwin may have had recent contact with her ex-boyfriend, 35-year-old Charles Combs.
Investigators say they have been working on speaking with Combs, but have also been unable to locate him.
Authorities describe Baldwin as 5 feet 2 inches tall, 190 pounds, with brown eyes and dark hair.
Baldwin was last seen wearing a rose-colored blouse, blue jeans, and grey shoes.
Police and family are concerned for Baldwin’s whereabouts.
Anyone with more information is asked to call 911 or detectives at 704-866-6702.