On Saturday, June 20 around 6:30 p.m. Trinidad Police Officers arrested Thomas Gene Baily, 36, after a short foot pursuit on charges in connection with the homicide of Elizabeth (Lizzy) Everhart, 38. 

According to Trinidad Chief of Police Charles Glorioso, TPD received a call for a welfare check at that residence earlier that day with the caller stating a woman was being held captive, according to an arrest affidavit. 

When officers arrived on scene, they found Everhart had been murdered and left wrapped in blankets in the basement of their home but were unsure as to when she had been killed.

“It’s kind of foggy on what day he did it,” said Glorioso. “Once we have the autopsy report, we should know a little more.”

Associated Press reported that investigators said a woman who was a part-time resident at the home told them she saw a large stain on a bedroom rug and that Bailey told her Everhart had overdosed. Police found several suitcases containing bloody women’s clothing near an alley behind the home, as well as a mattress with apparent bloodstains, according to the affidavit.

TPD issued a request for public assistance in locating Bailey just hours before apprehending him. A few hours later, another report was issued saying he had been located.

The report also stated that a short foot pursuit ensued near the 100 block of West Johnson Street leading to his eventual arrest.

Bailey was charged with murder in the first degree, domestic violence, tampering with physical evidence, concealing death, and abuse of a corpse. Booking documentation had no indication that Bailey had an attorney that could speak on his behalf.

Once the autopsy is released, more information will be made available.


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