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Hamilton woman's former boyfriend charged in her death

Last Updated Jan 18, 2018 at 1:42 pm EST

The body of Holly Hamilton, 29, was found on Jan. 17, 2018. HANDOUT/Hamilton Police Service

The former boyfriend of a Hamilton woman, who was found dead in her car, has been charged with second-degree murder in her death.

Justin Dumpfrey, 30, of Hamilton, appeared in court via video link on Thursday. He will appear in court again next Wednesday and has been remanded into custody until then.

Police say Holly Hamilton, 29, was reported missing by her family on Monday. She was last seen by members of her family Sunday evening and had never gone missing before.

At a news conference later in the day, Sgt. Dave Oleniuk said police located Hamilton’s car in an underground parking lot around 1 p.m. Wednesday. Her body was found in the truck of her car.

Later in the day, Dumpfrey was arrested at the courthouse in downtown Hamilton. Oleniuk said he was appearing in court for another unrelated matter.

Dumpfrey, who is also the father of Hamilton’s young daughter, was known to police. He had a history of domestic violence with the 29-year-old woman and had been charged before.

“There were some conditions on the probation order in relation to her,” Oleniuk said.

Investigators have not said when or how Hamilton was killed. An autopsy to determine the cause of death is scheduled for Friday.

Police are also trying to piece together the timeline, including Dumpfrey’s whereabouts past Monday afternoon.

With files from The Canadian Press