Police find South Burlington murder suspect's vehicle

 Leroy Headley
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Published: May. 24, 2018 at 11:21 AM EDT
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Police say they have found the vehicle that belongs to a South Burlington murder suspect.

South Burlington Police say Leroy Headley's blue Nissan Pathfinder was found last week parked on a city street in Albany, New York.

Headley, 36, is suspected of fatally shooting his girlfriend, Anako "Annette' Lumumba, 33, at their South Burlington home May 3. Headley has been on the run since.

Headley's SUV was discovered on May 18. Police say it was seized and secured. On May 22, investigators searched the SUV. They are not yet saying what they may have found inside the vehicle.

Police say they delayed telling the public that Headley's vehicle had been found so investigators could thoroughly canvass the Albany area without tipping Headley off.

They did not find Headley. He is wanted for second-degree murder and police say he is considered armed and dangerous. Anyone who sees him should call 911.

South Burlington Police Chief Trevor Whipple says so far, they still have had no reported sightings of Headley.

"We continue to look far and wide. We clearly aren't going to isolate our efforts to the Albany area just because the car was located. We continue a very wide approach, a nationwide approach to really the thinking of Leroy Headley could be anywhere," Whipple said.

Friends and family described the relationship between Lumumba and Headley as tumultuous. Court documents revealed Lumumba had feared for her life before her murder and had filed for a protection order from Headley twice, but in the end, she did not complete the process.

Police were first alerted to the murder when a relative of Headley's walked into a Falmouth, Massachusetts, police station May 3 and said a family member of his may have just shot his girlfriend. Police arrived at Lumumba and Headley's Southview Drive home to find Lumumba shot and killed inside. A manhunt was launched for Headley.

Authorities had reported no sightings of Headley or updates in the case until Thursday's announcement that Headley's vehicle was found in Albany.