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MD CHERICE RAGINS: Missing from Catonsville, MD - 21 February 2010 - Age 24

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    Missing Person / NamUs #MP5394 Cherice Maria Ragins, Female, Black / African American

    Date of Last Contact February 21, 2010
    Missing From Catonsville, Maryland
    Missing Age 24 Years
    Current Age 33 Years

    Case Information

    Missing Age 24 Years
    Current Age 33 Years
    First Name Cherice
    Middle Name Maria
    Last Name Ragins

    Sex Female
    Race / EthnicityBlack / African American
    Height 5' 4" - 5' 5" (64 - 65 Inches)
    Weight 120 lbs

    Date of Last Contact February 21, 2010
    NamUs Case Created March 10, 2010

    Last Known Location Map
    Location Catonsville, Maryland 21228
    County Baltimore County
    Circumstances of Disappearance Last seen on Sunday, February 21, 2010 in the area of Route 40 and Rolling Road, Catonsville, MD 21228

    Physical Description
    Hair Color Black
    Head Hair Description Collar length
    Left Eye Color Brown
    Right Eye Color Brown
    Eye Description--
    Distinctive Physical Features
    Tattoo on neck/throat - "Cherice"

    Clothing and Accessories
    Carried a purse described as black in color trimmed in silver.

    Last seen wearing gray sweat pants, a red hoodie, black jacket with fur around the hood, black shirt, green and pink shoes.

    Pink and Green shoes

    Investigating Agencies
    Baltimore County Police Department
    (410) 887-3943
    Philip Marll, Detective
    Case Contributors
    Carla Proudfoot, Law Enforcement
    Pending Assignment

    (855) 626-7600
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    Cherice Maria Ragins
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    Ragins, circa 2010; Travis Elleby

    • Missing Since02/21/2010
    • Missing FromCatonsville, Maryland
    • ClassificationEndangered Missing
    • Date of Birth08/16/1985 (33)
    • Age24 years old
    • Height and Weight5'4, 120 pounds
    • Clothing/Jewelry DescriptionA black jacket, a red hooded sweatshirt, a black shirt, gray sweatpants and pink and green shoes. Carrying a black purse with silver trim.
    • Distinguishing CharacteristicsAfrican-American female. Black hair, brown eyes. Ragins has her first name "Cherice" tattooed on her neck. Her ears are pierced.
    Details of Disappearance
    Ragins was last seen in the vicinity of Route 40 and Rolling Road in Catonsville, Maryland on February 21, 2010. She lived in the 3600 block of north Rogers Avenue in Baltimore, Maryland and was en route to meet her boyfriend, Travis Eugene Elleby, in Catonsville when she was last seen.

    Ragins has never been heard from again. She was reported missing by her mother on February 24; her mother described her disappearance as "completely out of character."

    A photo of Elleby is posted with this case summary. In September 2016, six years after Ragins disappeared, he was charged with her murder. He chose to be tried by a judge rather than a jury, and in November 2017 he was convicted of second-degree murder.

    Ragins is a graduate of Woodlawn High School, and she enjoyed reading and watching movies prior to her disappearance. Foul play is suspected in her disappearance due to the circumstances involved.

    Investigating Agency
    • Baltimore County Police Department 410-307-2020
    Source Information
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    Windsor Mill man convicted in death of girlfriend who went missing in 2010

    November 20, 2017

    A Baltimore County judge has convicted a Windsor Mill man of second-degree murder in the death of his girlfriend, whose body was never found after she vanished in 2010.

    Travis Elleby, 31, was found guilty Wednesday by Circuit Judge Judith C. Ensor after a three-day bench trial, prosecutors said.

    Cherice Ragins, his girlfriend at the time, was last seen leaving Elleby’s mother’s Catonsville home with Elleby in February 2010, and was never seen or heard from again, prosecutors said.

    Family members said it was out of character for her not to be in touch. Police began a missing-person investigation and concluded that Ragins did not voluntarily disappear, prosecutors said.

    According to prosecutors, investigators couldn’t find any activity by Ragins over the years through credit and financial checks.

    Elleby was arrested last year and charged with first-degree murder. Prosecutors said although Ragins’ body was never found, they had evidence that included phone and text records, surveillance footage and inconsistent statements made by Elleby. They said the relationship was tumultuous at times.

    Jason Ott, an attorney for Elleby, declined to comment Wednesday.

    Ragins’ mother, Clariese, said she was grateful to county police and prosecutors “for all of their hard work and dedication to this case, for never giving up.”

    “After seven long years, we finally got the victory,” she said.

    It’s the third time county prosecutors have won a murder trial without having found the victim’s body.

    In 2010, Dennis J. Tetso was convicted of second-degree murder in the death of his wife, Tracey Leigh Gardner. The following year, Jason M. Gross was convicted of second-degree murder in the death of 16-year-old Rochelle Battle.

    Elleby is scheduled to be sentenced Feb. 16. He faces a maximum of 30 years.
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    Man indicted on murder charge six years after girlfriend's disappearance in Catonsville

    CATONSVILLE, Md. (WBFF) -- In 2010, a 24-year-old woman from Baltimore County disappeared. Police say she was last seen that year on Feb. 21 in area of Route 40 and Rolling Road in Catonsville.

    Investigators said Cherice Maria Ragins was on her way to meet someone when she vanished. Ragins' mother, Clariese, said Cherice was on her way to meet her boyfriend.

    More than six years later, that boyfriend, 30-year-old Travis Eugene Elleby, has now been charged with first-degree murder.

    The case was presented on Wednesday, Sept. 7, to a Baltimore County grand jury, which then indicted Elleby.

    Cherice Ragins’ body was never found, and police are asking for the public’s help as they continue to search for her body. Anyone with information is asked to call Baltimore County Police.

    Ragins' mother sat down with FOX45 News after learning of the arrest.

    "Pretty much all along I suspected he had something to do with her disappearance," she said. "At this point, will he tell the truth? Will he tell what happened to her body?" she asked.

    Elleby is being held without bail at the Baltimore County Detention Center.
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    Man indicted on murder charge six years after girlfriend's disappearance in Catonsville | WBFF

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    Baltimore County Man Charged with Murder 6 Years After Girlfriend Disappears

    The boyfriend of a missing woman was indicted on a murder charge; her body has not been found, police said.

    By Elizabeth Janney, Patch Staff | Sep 13, 2016 10:14 am ET


    WINDSOR MILL, MD — A Windsor Mill man has been charged in the 2010 murder of a missing woman, according to the Baltimore County Police Department.

    Travis Eugene Elleby, 30, was indicted by a grand jury last week for first-degree murder in the death of Cherice Ragins, police said.

    Ragins was 24 years old when she left her home in the 3600 block of North Rogers Avenue in Gwynn Oak to go to Elleby's house in the 2500 block of Cheshaire Drive in Windsor Mill, police said.

    That was on Feb. 19, 2010, and when Ragins had not contacted her mother or returned home by Feb. 24, 2010, the woman reported her daughter missing, according to officials. Ragins was reportedly last seen Feb. 20, 2010, on Rolling Road at US 40 in Catonsville.

    Her body was never found, according to police.
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    Man Convicted In 2010 Killing Of Girlfriend, Whose Body Was Never Found

    Wednesday, November 29, 2017
    Tyler Waldman, WBAL NewsRadio 1090

    Baltimore County prosecutors say they obtained a guilty verdict in the 2010 murder of a woman whose body was never recovered.

    Baltimore County Circuit Court Judge Judith C. Ensor found Travis Elleby, 31, of Catonsville guilty of first-degree murder at the end of a three-day bench trial.

    On Feb. 21, 2010, Cherise Ragins was seen leaving with Elleby from his mother's home in Catonsville. She was never seen or heard from again.

    Prosecutors say the two had been in a relationship which was at times contentious. When Ragins never came to the home she shared with her mother, police launched a missing person investigation. Police concluded she didn't voluntarily disappear and found no credit or financial activity.

    Prosecutors presented evidence of Elleby's interactions with Ragins, including phone and text records, video surveillance and inconsistent statements to investigators.

    Sentencing is set for Feb. 16.
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    Two Years Later, No New Leads in Missing Baltimore Woman
    Family of Cherice Ragins held a service to honor her on her 26th birthday.

    By Penny Riordan, Patch Staff | Aug 18, 2011 7:45 pm ET


    A day didn't go by that Clariese Ragins didn't talk to her daughter Cherice.

    So when Cherice left her home on the Gwynn Oak area of Baltimore to go to her boyfriend's place in Catonsville, her mother told her to have a good time. But by Sunday night when Clariese didn't hear from her daughter, she grew concerned.

    "We would talk on a daily basis," Clariese Ragins said.

    It's been a year-and-a-half since Cherice was reported missing on Feb 21, 2010.

    Tuesday would have been her 26th birthday and to honor her, the Ragins family held a service at Patmos Evangelical Community Church in Gwynn Oak.

    Clariese Ragins said since that day her life has been a "nightmare." She wanted to hold the service after hearing from an organization Remember Me, which is a group started recently to help remember African-American women who are reported missing in Maryland.

    According to Baltimore County Police, there have been no leads on the case.

    Anyone with information about the whereabouts of Cherice is asked to call Baltimore County Police at 410-307-2020.
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    Catonsville man sentenced to 25 years for killing girlfriend
    WMAR Staff
    12:20 PM, Feb 16, 2018


    CATONSVILLE, Md. (WMAR) - A Catonsville man was sentenced to 25 years in prison for the murder of his girlfriend, Cherice Ragins.

    Ragins disappeared on February 21, 2010, and was never heard from or seen again. At the time of her disappearance, Ragins was dating Travis Elleby.

    Baltimore County Police conducted an investigation and found that Elleby was the last person seen with Ragins, and phone records show they were fighting and he had said he wanted to kill her.

    A trial was held in November of 2017 where Elleby was found responsible for Ragins' death.

    Elleby was also previously convicted of two counts of armed robbery in 2005 and an attempted robbery in 2015.

    Copyright 2017 Scripps Media, Inc. All rights reserved.
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    Family Asks For Help In Missing Woman Cold Case
    August 16, 2011 at 8:13 pm


    BALTIMORE (WJZ) — A 24-year-old Baltimore City woman disappeared and hasn’t been heard from for more than a year.

    Monique Griego reports the woman’s family is trying to bring attention to this cold case.

    It’s been a year and a half since Cherice Ragins disappeared. Tuesday is her 26th birthday and her family is holding a memorial service in her honor. They’re hoping it may bring new leads in this case.

    Ragins vanished without a trace in February 2010.

    “It’s been devastating to go from day-to-day and to not be able to have closure,” said her mother, Clariese Ragins.

    Ragins says her daughter went to Catonsville to visit her boyfriend and was last seen alive near Route 40 and Rolling Road. Police searched the area but found no trace of Cherice and the case is now cold.

    “It’s kind of at a standstill. No new evidence or anything,” Ragins said.

    At one point, police thought Cherice may have taken off on her own. Now they don’t believe that to be true.

    “We do not believe she left the Catonsville area and we believe she has met with foul play,” said Det. Cathy Batton, Baltimore County Police.

    Tuesday, her family is holding a memorial service at the New Life Mount Calvary Church in West Baltimore.

    “Maybe somebody will be touched by the story who knows something or heard something or anything,” Ragins said.

    Ragins won’t rest until she finds out what happened to her daughter, even if she knows it may be bad.

    “She wouldn’t just up and left. She had everything to live for,” she said.

    If you have any information on the whereabouts of Cherice Ragins, you’re asked to call Baltimore County Police.
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    Last seen on Sunday, February 21, 2010 in the area of Route 40 and Rolling Road, Catonsville, MD 21228


    US-40 & N Rolling Rd
    Catonsville, MD 21228
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    Ragins was 24 years old when she left her home in the 3600 block of North Rogers Avenue in Gwynn Oak to go to Elleby's house in the 2500 block of Cheshaire Drive in Windsor Mill


    3600 N Rogers Ave
    Baltimore, MD 21207
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