A man has been charged with murder after a woman was found buried in the backyard of his Jacksonville home

Jacksonville, Florida. — The Jacksonville Police Office announced Thursday that a man has been arrested for murder after a body was found last month in the backyard of a rented home in the Allendale area.

Investigators said that a rental property owner on West 9th Street called 911 at around 2 p.m. on April 20 after finding a box in the grounds in the backyard. Police said the owner was cleaning the property for rent.

Investigators found partially covered human remains near the fence, several feet from the house, according to the Joint Services Authority.

Loved ones identify the body of Ladona Williams. Her children said February was the last time they heard from their mother and that they knew something was wrong after they hadn’t heard from her on her 41st birthday.

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Dante, Williams’ son, said that when he filed a missing person report.

“I was nervous the whole time, really,” he said. “I was going to think about her constantly. I will look for her and I will try to ask for help.”

Investigators said they identified the suspect as Nathaniel Slade. The sheriff’s office said Wednesday that Slade, 41, had been charged with second-degree murder.

Nathaniel Slade (Copyright 2022 by WJXT News4JAX – All Rights Reserved.)

“I’m glad and glad they finally caught someone, and they’re putting things together, but that doesn’t solve the problem,” Williams’ son said. “I’m still the best mom.”

Williams’ son said his mother was Slade’s manager and that they both worked for the landlord, repairing homes in the area.

“I met him many times,” Williams’ son said. “I would always go to my mom’s work sites and talk to him and say hello to everyone and sometimes help my mom.”

Duval County Jail records show that Slade was previously booked shortly before 11:30 a.m. April 20 – just two hours before Williams’ body was found – for attempted second-degree murder with a weapon and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon in a different case as well Charging a battery in another separate case.

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According to Florida Department of Corrections records and court documents, Slade served time in 2002 for armed robbery and accessories following two fact-finding convictions in Duval County and a 2012 conviction for interfering with fire suppression equipment in Lake County.

News4JAX spoke with Williams in 2015 after she and her son survived a domestic stabbing.

“I wasn’t sure who would live and who wouldn’t,” Williams said in the interview.

Was arrested in this case.

Anyone with additional information about Williams’ death is asked to contact the sheriff’s office at 904-630-0500 or [email protected]

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