19-year-old charged with murder after missing Chesapeake woman found dead

Raheem Lamont Cherry
Laura Miles
Posted at 10:29 PM, May 22, 2021
and last updated 2021-05-24 21:35:35-04

CHESAPEAKE, Va. - A 19-year-old has been charged in connection to the death of a Chesapeake woman who was found dead after being reported missing.

61-year-old Laura Miles, who was reported missing under suspicious circumstances, was found dead on May 17 in a wooded area in the 4600 block of Taylor Road.

On Saturday, police charged 19-year-old Chesapeake man Raheem Lamont Cherry in Miles' death.

Cherry is being charged with 1st-degree murder, robbery and abduction. On Monday officials said he is also being charged with Concealment of a Dead Body.

Police say Cherry lived at the Taylor Pointe Apartments, which is located right across the street from the wooded area where Miles’ body was dumped.

Miles’ black truck was also found a short walk away from where Cherry lived.

Court documents reveal Cherry just moved to the area from Richmond in March and was working at McDonald’s for three days prior to his arrest.

He is currently being held in the Chesapeake City Jail.

Police say the homicide is currently under investigation.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call the Crime Line at 1-888-LOCK-U-UP (1-888-562-5887), submit a tip online at, or on their smart phone on the P3Tips app.