Woman found dead in Blaine Alley identified as Iyeesha Kia Thomas

Blaine Alley

Blaine Alley

Police have identified the woman found dead in Blaine Alley as 40-year-old Iyeesha Kia Thomas.

According to law enforcement, around 9:45 a.m. Sunday, police found Thomas dead in Blaine Alley, which is located in the 800 block of Calhoun Street. She suffered a gunshot wound to the head and was pronounced dead at the scene. Prosecutors say Thomas was found face down in a grassy area wearing a tan sweater, blue jeans, tan and orange boots and a black and pink Chicago Bulls knit hat.

Iyeesha Kia Thomas

Iyeesha Kia Thomas

A woman who lives near Blaine Alley said Monday that she saw police investigating the case. She said she does not know Thomas, but found the incident “strange.”

This is a quiet block,” the woman who has lived in Trenton four years, said. “There’s been no shootings or anything around here.”

The woman said she never heard gunshots Saturday evening or Sunday morning, and that it’s possible Thomas was taken to the alley after she was killed.

Grassy area in Blaine Alley where Iyeesha Kia Thomas was found.

Grassy area in Blaine Alley where Iyeesha Kia Thomas was found.

Police have not said whether the shooting took place in the alley, but on Monday there were markings on the ground suggesting that something was dragged through the grass.

The city has experience back-to-back weekend murders, bringing this year’s homicide toll to 25.

The Mercer County Homicide Task Force is investigating Thomas’ murder. Anyone with information is asked to call (609) 989-6406. Or call the Trenton police confidential tip line at (609) 989-3663.

Tipsters may also call the Trenton Crime Stoppers tip line at (609) 278-8477. Those wishing to text a tip can send a message labeled TCSTIPS to Trenton Crime Stoppers at 274637.

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