DC Police search for leads after women murdered in two separate cases

WASHINGTON -- Police are calling on the community’s help as they work to solve two separate murders.

“By all accounts, these were two bright, promising young women, whose lives were unnecessarily cut short by senseless acts of violence,” said MPD Acting Police Chief Peter Newsham.

Investigators say 34-year-old Corrina Mehiel was found tied up and stabbed to death in her basement apartment on 14th Street in Northeast.

Detectives said Mehiel was last seen alive on Sunday.  Her body was found in her home two days later.  Police are still working to figure out exactly what happened during those 48 hours.

Wednesday, Mehiel’s mail sat in her mailbox appearing to have been untouched and police said there were no signs of forced entry into her apartment.  Investigators said they are searching for Mehiel’s blue four door Toyota Prius that has Kentucky tags, license plate number: 722 RMY.

Meanwhile MPD are also investigating the murder of 18 year old Ayana McAllister.  A freshman in college who was home for spring break.   Police said she was shooting a music video with friends on Benning Road Monday night when shots rang out.

“We do believe that there were a lot of people in the area at the time of the shooting who may have valuable information regarding this case,” expressed Newsham.

McAllister’s grieving family lives in Upper Marlboro.  They told DCW50 that McAllister graduated from Largo High in 2016, where she played basketball and was a star student.  Family members described her as smart, beautiful, and focused.

Metro Police is offering a $25,000 reward for anyone who provides information which leads to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible in either homicide. Anyone with information about this case is asked to call the police at 202-727-9099.