5'5", 140 lbs.
Age at time of disappearance: 41
Chesterfield County police have arrested a man in connection with the murder of Leyla Namiranian.
Namiranian, 41, was last seen alive on April 4, 2012. After more than three years of investigating what was initially a suspicious missing person case, investigators have concluded that Namiranian is deceased, though her remains have not been recovered. This case is now classified as a death investigation, specifically a no-body homicide.
On Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2015, detectives presented the facts of this case to the Richmond Metropolitan Multi-Jurisdictional Grand Jury through special counsel and obtained an indictment for first-degree murder for Michael A. Edwards, 54, of the 4000 block of North Avenue in Richmond.
Edwards was arrested in Henrico on Thursday, Sept. 17, with the assistance of Henrico Police and the U.S. Marshals Service Capital Area Regional Fugitive Task Force.
The Chesterfield County Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office, the special counsel to the Richmond Metropolitan Multi-Jurisdictional Grand Jury and the FBI have assisted Chesterfield police in this investigation, as have law enforcement agencies in Henrico, Richmond and Hanover.
Leyla Namiranian, of the 2000 block of Normandstone Drive, was last seen leaving her place of employment at about 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday. Police believe she returned to her home in Chesterfield County on Wednesday, but did not return to work on Thursday. Namiranian's vehicle was located at her residence, and there was no indication she planned to leave. There was no sign of a struggle at her residence.
If you have any information concerning the homicide of Leyla Namiranian, you may either call Crime Solvers at 804-748-0660, send a tip through this Website or Text-A-Tip by typing "WATSON", followed by your tip, sending it to 274637 (C-R-I-M-E-S).