Search continues for body of Newport News mom

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Posted at 2:49 PM, Jul 20, 2022
and last updated 2022-07-22 08:37:13-04

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. - Police said there are no updates Wednesday as they continue to search for the body of Shanitia Eure-Lewis.

Police Chief Steve Drew has called the efforts the current top priority for the department.

On Wednesday morning, Adrian Lewis, her husband, appeared in court via video from Loudon County.

Lewis is charged with first degree murder.

During the arraignment, Lewis was read his charges and appointed an attorney. During the hearing, Lewis told the judge he didn't understand why the charge involved premeditation.

Lewis also said he had $800 cash on-hand, but only a few dollars in the bank. Investigators say Lewis was attempting to leave the country and fly to Jamaica when he was arrested at Dulles Airport early Tuesday morning.

A next court date for Lewis was set on September 23.

While the search continues, the police department is being tight lipped about the locations of those searches. "I don't want to bring individuals to locations where they might walk on evidence or step on something that hurts the case. I owe that to the family and the community," he said during a news conference Tuesday.

The chief says while they don't have a body yet all signs point to murder. That includes items found in a dumpster, including a shovel with dirt and Eure-Lewis' belongings.

Adrian Lewis' pickup truck was found at a hotel, according to police. In the pickup, police said there was a bullet casing and blood.

There's also the fact police say Lewis was trying to leave the country. "We're charging him after we looked at everything," said Drew.