An Atlanta police officer is now behind bars after he killed a woman he met online, and then set her body on fire to cover his tracks.
Tahreem Zeus Rana was arrested Thursday at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport in Atlanta, when he was apparently trying to leave the country. Rana has been an Atlanta cop for the last three years. He’s now facing murder, kidnapping and arson charges, police said.
The victim is 26-year-old Vernicia Woodward, who recently moved to Atlanta from New York. She was linked to Rana through her phone records, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. The two appear to have met on , a classified ad website that is often used to facilitate romantic encounters.
Hapeville police said her body was found by a city employee Aug. 22. She had been shot several times and set on fire.
“First he took her to a secluded area to do the crime and then after killing her, he used some kind of fuel to light the body on fire in order to cover up any type of evidence that may be there,” Hapeville Police Detective Stephen Cushing told WGCL.
WSB reports that Woodward has an 8-year-old daughter.
“It hurts a lot more to know that it was somebody in law enforcement,” the victim’s sister, Tashara Gilyard, told the station.