Trust fund heir Rashid Young identified as victim of 2019 murder, former romantic partner arrested
An heir to a $2 million trust fund disappeared nearly three years ago.
On Wednesday, Pennsylvania authorities arrested his former romantic partner, who allegedly stabbed the victim to death, used his phone to pretend he was still alive and emptied his pocket money.
The heir, Rashid Young, 22, was reported missing in December 2019 in Pottstown, Pennsylvania, according to the Montgomery County District Attorney’s Office. For years, his family pleaded for answers about his fate.
They recently hired a private investigator, who has asked Montgomery County detectives to investigate Young’s disappearance, the district attorney’s office said in a statement. statement Wednesday.
Thanks to an investigation that began two weeks ago, authorities learned that Young’s body was actually found weeks after he was killed in August 2019, the statement said.
The body was found by a landscaper at the Awbury Arboretum in Philadelphia on September 30, 2019, but went unidentified for years. Using dental records, the body was identified Friday as belonging to Young, the district attorney’s office said.
The investigation led to the arrest of Keshaun Sheffield, 20, of Philadelphia, who police say had been romantically involved with Young for two years when Young went missing, officials said.
Their relationship was revealed through cellphone recordings, the help of a confidential informant and other means, prosecutors said.
Sheffield is accused of stabbing Young in his Pottstown apartment on Aug. 19, 2019, the statement said.
Police were called to Young’s apartment at this time following a report of flooding and found the unit intentionally flooded with water. The apartment had “holes in the walls, broken doors and trash strewn everywhere,” authorities said. It is unclear what happened after police made the discovery.
From August to December 2019, Sheffield used Young’s social media accounts and phone to contact his family and make it appear he was still alive, officials said.
He also made “numerous withdrawals” from Young’s $2 million trust fund before Young was declared missing, prosecutors say. Young received an $800 biweekly stipend from the fund, NBC Philadelphia reported, citing a criminal affidavit and investigators.
Bank records showed that between July 2019 and December 2019 someone made 15 transfers of funds from Young’s bank account to an account belonging to Sheffield, according to the affidavit.
The account was frozen in December 2019.
The Montgomery County investigation found that Sheffield transported Young’s body in a recycling container from Pottstown Borough to a home in Philadelphia, where Sheffield lived with his mother, the district attorney’s office said.
With the help of another person, Sheffield dug a hole at Awbury Arboretum and buried his body there, where it was found by a landscaper who called police, prosecutors said.
The inquest also included a confession from another former Sheffield lover, who allegedly confessed to helping Sheffield bury Young’s body, NBC Philadelphia reported. The name of this person has not been released.
Sheffield was arrested on Wednesday and charged with first degree murder, third degree murder, theft by unlawful taking/disposition, receiving stolen property, possession of an instrument of crime and access device fraud .
He was denied bail and his preliminary hearing is set for June 9.
A message was left at the Sheffield solicitor’s office seeking comment.
“Since August 2019, a family has been searching for information about their missing son. Today we have shared with them the tragic details of his death and will be able to return his remains to them for a proper burial,” District Attorney Kevin R. Steele said in a statement.
“This is yet another case of relationship abuse that turned into murder.”