KSP: Victim found inside car after multi-county police chase identified, man charged with murder

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Posted at 11:17 AM, Jan 18, 2023
and last updated 2023-01-19 13:27:03-05

(LEX 18) — A female body was found inside a car after a multi-county police chase that started in Madison County and ended on I-75 southbound near mile marker 46 in Laurel County, according to Kentucky State Police.

At around 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, KSP says troopers spotted a careless driver in Madison County and initiated a traffic stop. The driver then led troopers on a pursuit through several counties before intentionally striking a police cruiser, according to a citation.

The driver was identified as 54-year-old David Maurice Reed of St. Petersburg, Florida. Reed was arrested at the scene.

The victim was identified as 53-year-old Rachel Louise Carder of Huntington, WV.

During a safety sweep of the vehicle, officers found a female body inside a plastic tote in the back hatch. According to a citation, Cader had trauma to her face and wounds from an edged weapon.

Reed admitted to getting into a physical altercation with Cader in a motel room and choking her neck. A citation says Reed also admitted the assault occurred in close proximity to the interstate but he was not able to confirm the exact location.

Police do suspect foul play.

Reed was charged with murder - domestic violence, tampering with physical evidence, abuse of a corpse, fleeing or evading police, criminal mischief, wanton endangerment, careless driving, resisting arrest, and no operator's license.

He was lodged in Laurel County Correctional Center.

KSP is continuing this investigation.