The body of an aspiring rapper who went missing earlier this month was found in the trunk of his friend’s car after it crashed on a Florida expressway, authorities said Monday.
State Highway Patrol troopers discovered 25-year-old Brian Trotter’s remains after smelling a “foul odor” and spotting flies buzzing around inside an Acura that got into an accident in suburban Miami on Sunday afternoon, The Miami Herald reported.
The driver, Robert Avery Coltrain — a longtime friend of the young musician — was charged with second-degree murder and illegal transport of human remains.
Trotter, who went by the hip-hop name “Kent Won’t Stop,” disappeared from Triangle, Virginia, on Oct. 17 after being picked up by Coltrain from his home, where he lived with his father.
The two friends said they were going to “take pictures” in Washington D.C., about 30 miles away, said Trotter’s father, also named Brian Trotter.
“I told him, ‘I love you,’ and he said, ‘I love you,’” the dad recalled to the Herald.
When the younger Trotter never came home, the family filed a missing-persons report and called Coltrain.
He gave them conflicting explanations, including that he’d dropped his pal off in Washington and that another friend picked him up, Trotter’s dad said.
As the family desperately searched for their loved one, Coltrain apparently drove to Florida — and got into an accident on the rain-soaked Palmetto Expressway, the newspaper reported.
Inside the car, troopers said they discovered a Glock .45 pistol they believe was used to shoot Trotter to death.
They found Trotter’s body “wrapped in a piece of fabric and in an advanced stage of decomposition,” according to a police report.
Coltrain, 25, was booked into a Miami-Dade jail on Monday afternoon.
Detectives are still trying to determine a motive for the murder.
“No one can understand what happened,” Trotter’s father told the Herald. “Hopefully, police can shed a light on what made a friend of over 10 years decide to commit something like that.”