PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – Investigators have made an arrest in the death of a woman whose body was found burned in the Hill District back in August.
Police said they have taken 29-year-old Nathan Williams into custody in connection with the death of 57-year old Elaina Davis, who was homeless.
Williams has been charged with rape, criminal homicide and abuse of a corpse.
Davis’ body was found in late August lying in the weeds in a lot along Our Way in the Hill District just blocks from CONSOL Energy Center.
“She was found on Aug. 28th. She was strangled; she had been sexually assaulted, her genital area and other areas of her body had been set on fire, we believe by Mr. Williams,” Lt. Kevin Kraus, of the Pittsburgh Police, said.
Police are still trying to determine if the suspect knew the victim and what took place just prior to the crime.
According to investigators, DNA collected under the victim’s finger nails and on her body were able to lead them to Williams.
“It’s certainly a very brutal, very personal crime,” said Lt. Kraus. “We’re pleased to have Mr. Williams off the streets at this point.”
Williams was arrested in Downtown Pittsburgh on Wednesday night.
He is currently at the Allegheny County Jail being held without bond. His next court appearance is scheduled for Nov. 16.