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WATERLOO — A body found in a cemetery Friday has been identified as a missing Waterloo woman, but questions surrounding her death still remain.

Meanwhile, her husband has been detained in Minnesota on a parole violation warrant.

According to police, people scouring a remote area of Garden of Memories cemetery, 3669 Logan Ave., for shed deer antlers found the remains of Lakisha Quintel Williams around 3 p.m. Friday.

An autopsy conducted Monday at the Iowa Medical Examiner’s Office facility in Ankeny confirmed the identity, although the cause of death hasn’t been determined, according to police.

Investigators said her death is considered suspicious, and officers remained at her home Monday.

Williams, 40, formerly known as Lakisha Owens, was last seen around 5 p.m. Jan. 20 near her Paige Drive apartment, and her mother reported her missing Thursday, police said. Her employer, Grainger, also called authorities when she didn’t show up for work.

Lakisha William’s husband, 27-year-old Fredrick Williams of Waterloo, was detained in Minnesota in recent days. Details weren’t immediately available, but he is being held on a fugitive from justice warrant at the Ramsey County Jail in St. Paul, Minn.

Court records show Fredrick Williams was released from prison in September 2016 after serving time for a 2014 mugging in Cedar Falls. In that case, another man approached two men outside a credit union and threatened them with a gun. The gunman fled with about $20 in cash and climbed into a car driven by Fredrick Williams.

Waterloo police stopped the getaway vehicle for speeding minutes later. Fredrick Williams pleaded guilty to a reduced charge of burglary and felon with a firearm as a habitual offender and was sentenced to up to 25 years in prison with a three-year minimum, court records show.

Before that, Fredrick Williams was convicted of intimidation with a weapon, criminal gang participation and possession of an offensive weapon in a 2011 retaliation shooting involving a sawed-off shotgun. No one was injured in the shooting.

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Police and Courts Reporter

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