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Abreeya Brown, Ashley Conaway, Abducted Hamtramck Women, Found Buried In Detroit Woods

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Undated file photo provided by the Hamtramck, Mich., police. Detroit police said Sunday, March 25, 2012, they believe they've discovered the body of Ashley Conaway, right, and Abreeya Brown, left, two women who have been missing for nearly a month from nearby Hamtramck. (AP Photo/Hamtramck Police, File)
Undated file photo provided by the Hamtramck, Mich., police. Detroit police said Sunday, March 25, 2012, they believe they've discovered the body of Ashley Conaway, right, and Abreeya Brown, left, two women who have been missing for nearly a month from nearby Hamtramck. (AP Photo/Hamtramck Police, File)

DETROIT — The bodies of two women discovered buried in a wooded area on the west side of Detroit are the remains of two housemates who witnesses claim were forced into a car trunk at gunpoint nearly a month ago, the medical examiner's office said Monday.

Brooke Blackwell, spokeswoman for the Wayne County medical examiner, told The Associated Press the bodies discovered Sunday are Abreeya Brown and Ashley Conaway.

The women were found gagged and bound with duct tape in a shallow grave. Both were shot in the head, Blackwell said.

Brown and Conaway's bodies were clothed when they were found, said Blackwell, who added they were identified by their fathers.

The cause of death was homicide, she said.

Brown, 18, and Conaway, 21, were abducted Feb. 28 by two armed men outside their home in the nearby enclave of Hamtramck, according to Brown's stepfather. Charles McGinnis told police he exchanged gunfire with the captors before they drove away. Relatives said one of the women was able to send text messages for a short time from inside the trunk, but that neither had been heard from since.

No one has been charged in the disappearance and deaths of Brown and Conaway.

Conaway's ex-boyfriend, Brandon Cain, and another man were charged earlier this month in a Feb. 8 shooting involving the missing women. Cain and Brian Lee are in custody and have not been charged in the women's disappearance.

Lee had been scheduled for a preliminary hearing Monday in district court, but it was adjourned until Friday, the same day Cain is expected to be in court.

Outside court on Monday, Conaway's sister, Latrina Conaway, said "it's a sad day, a very sad day.

"Two beautiful young women who (will never have) the opportunity to grow, to have families, to experience life. It's a travesty. It's a shame," she said.

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