Pictured above: Timothy Crumitie – Picture courtesy of the Iredell County Sheriff’s Office
Sheriff Darren Campbell stated: On Tuesday, January 15, 2019, detectives, deputies and Crime Scene Investigators responded to a wooded area off Bridgewater Lane near Mooresville to a report of human skeletal remains having being located. Detectives determined the remains were human and secured the scene.
Over a two-days, deputies searched the wooded area locating approximately 70 human bones which were collected. The bones were taken to North Carolina Baptist Hospital where an autopsy was performed. The cause of death was ruled to be a gunshot wound to the head.
The bones were then sent to North Carolina State University where experts in the areas of Forensic Dentistry and Forensic Anthropology, spent approximately ten months processing the items. As the remains were being examined at North Carolina State, detectives with the Iredell County Sheriff’s Office were searching missing person’s reports for a possible identification.
In October 2019, DNA extracted from one of the victim’s teeth was positively identified as Anastasia “Star” Talisha Meaders, who had been reported missing from Charlotte, North Carolina in August of 2016. Anastasia was last seen alive in Charlotte in June of 2016, she was 29 years old at the time of her disappearance.
Anastasia Meaders’ vehicle, a black 2007 Chevrolet Impala was located abandoned at Liberty Park in Mooresville in July of 2016. Liberty Park is a few miles from the location on Bridgewater Lane where Meaders was discovered.
Iredell County Sheriff’s Office Detectives interviewed her family members, and other witnesses which lead them to a possible suspect, Timothy Lavaun Crumitie.
Through the investigation, detectives determined Crumitie was convicted of the attempted murder of Kimberly Cherry who was Anastasia’s mother, along with the murder of Michael Gretsinger, Cherry’s boyfriend. Crumitie committed these crimes in August of 2016 in Mecklenburg County. He was convicted in 2018 and is currently serving a life sentence.
Anastasia Meaders was reported missing during the same time as the attempted murder on her mother Kimberly Cherry. The last time Meaders was physically seen was June 17, 2016 at a beauty shop in Charlotte.
Phone records indicate Anastasia’s the last communication was with a family member on June 24, 2016. Throughout the investigation, detectives were able to gather evidence and statements which indicated Crumitie was the last person to be seen with Meaders.
While gathering information about Crumitie, detectives learned he was the pastor of a church in Concord, North Carolina where he met Kimberly Cherry and Anastasia Meaders.
In April of 2016, Crumitie was living with an older female in Rowan County who died under questionable circumstances. Crumitie had befriended the elderly female, and at some point during their year long relationship, he became appointed as her power of attorney and executor over her estate.
On July 3, 2013 Concord Police Department investigated the murder of Sharon Crumitie. Sharon was the wife of Timothy Crumitie at the time. She and a man named, James Banks where at the scene of a reported robbery at the home of Timothy and Sharon Crumitie. The report says, James Banks was supposedly breaking into the garage of the home when he shot Sharon Crumitie in the head. Timothy Crumitie claimed he then wrestled the gun away from Banks. During the altercation, Crumitie shot Banks in the head after sustaining a gunshot wound to the hand.
In December of 2013, Crumitie’s home burnt to the ground. The resulting investigation determined the fire was intentional set by Crumitie. He was arrested on March 24, 2014 for Insurance Fraud. In August 2014, Crumitie was arrested for Fraudulently Burning a Dwelling and was convicted in December 2015.
In September 2005, Crumitie was arrested for the Murder of his business partner, Danny Daye Johnson in Mecklenburg County. He spent five years in jail, and was later released after the case was dismissed.
In September 1989, Crumitie was arrested for Armed Robbery in Onslow County. He was convicted of this crime in March 1990. He was released in August 1998 after serving eight years in prison.
Timothy Lavaun Crumitie is currently serving a life sentence for the murder of Michael Gretsinger and the attempted murder of Kimberly Cherry.
On January 21, 2020 Timothy Lavaun Crumitie was served with an arrest warrant for the Murder of Anastasia Talisha Meaders. Crumitie went before Magistrate S. Watkins who issued a No Bond on this charge.
This investigation is still ongoing and the Iredell County Sheriff’s office is working with other agencies to resolve still open cases.
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