Michael Perry III charged with murdering Avriel Hooks

Michael Perry III, Avriel Hooks

Michael Perry III (Lynchburg Police Department), Avriel Hooks (family photo)

The 21-year-old estranged husband of a missing young mother in Virginia has gone from person of interest to accused murderer after authorities found the victim’s body in a wooded area Tuesday.

Avriel Hooks, a 20-year-old from Lynchburg and a mother to a 5-month-old baby boy, was found dead six days after she was reported missing and seven days after her devastated family members last saw her alive.

At the start of the investigation on Aug. 23, the Lynchburg Police Department said that Hooks’ disappearance was particularly “suspicious” because she had uncharacteristically ceased communicating with her family members.

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