Tech CEO Pava LaPere’s body was discovered on the roof of her posh Baltimore apartment building after she was beaten to death, and her alleged killer is being investigated in connection with a knifepoint sexual attack and a arson set days earlier, according to reports.
LaPere, 26, co-founder of the startup EcoMap Technologies, which was named to this year’s Forbes 30 Under 30 list for its social impact, was reported missing on Monday and later found with blunt force trauma to the head, he said. police.
She was reportedly found dead inside her elegant Mount Vernon apartment, but sources close to the investigation told the Baltimore Banner that her severely beaten and partially clothed body was discovered on the roof of the building.
Jason Billingsley, an “extremely dangerous” 32-year-old man with a violent past, is wanted on charges of first-degree murder, reckless endangerment, assault and other charges in the alleged killing, Baltimore police officers said.
“This individual will kill and rape. He will do everything he can to cause harm,” warned Acting Police Commissioner Richard Worley, citing the suspect’s alarming background.
Pava LaPere, 26, was found dead shortly after she was reported missing. Pava LaPere/Instagram LaPere’s severely beaten body was reportedly found on the roof of her building. Pava LaPere / Instagram
Billingsley previously pleaded guilty to first-degree assault in 2009 and second-degree assault in 2011, court records show.
In 2015, he pleaded guilty to a first-degree sex crime and was sentenced to 30 years behind bars, records show.
However, he was released just seven years into his sentence by the parole commission during the tenure of District Attorney Marilyn Mosby, who was backed by billionaire Democratic donor George Soros, for “good times credits.” according to the Baltimore Banner.
Jason Billingsley was named a suspect in LaPere’s murder. Baltimore Police Department via AP Billingsley was described by police as a “repeat violent offender.” Kylie Cooper/The Baltimore Banner via AP
The 6-foot-4, 305-pound suspect, who is considered armed and dangerous, is also wanted in a separate case, Worley said this week, without elaborating.
However, sources told the Daily Mail that police are investigating whether he was involved in a knifepoint sexual assault and arson attack in the city on September 19 that left a man and woman, both aged 26, in critical condition and with a sentence of 5 years. Older child suffering from smoke inhalation.
LaPere was found dead with blunt force trauma. google maps
The attacker sexually assaulted the woman and cut her throat with a knife, one of the outlet’s sources said.
When asked if Billingsley was considered a suspect in that incident, a police spokesperson told the Daily Mail they “cannot confirm that.”
Police have asked Billingsley to turn himself in as “all police officers in the city of Baltimore, the state of Maryland, as well as the US Marshals are searching for him.”
LaPere founded the technology company EcoMap.Pava LaPere / Instagram
“We will find you,” the police commissioner warned.
LaPere lived in the former Congress Hotel, which has since been renovated and converted into apartments. One-bedroom units cost about $1,500 a month, according to the building’s management company, Zahlco.
His company, which he founded from his dorm room at Johns Hopkins University, seeks to make information about ecosystems accessible to everyone along with “powerful technology to digitize ecosystems,” according to its website.
EcoMap Technologies issued a statement sending its condolences and calling LaPere’s death “deeply distressing.”
LaPere was named a Forbes 30 Under 30 honoree. Pava LaPere / Instagram
“Pava was not only the visionary force behind EcoMap but she was also a deeply compassionate and dedicated leader. Her tireless commitment to our company, to Baltimore, to amplifying critical ecosystem work across the country, and to building a deeply inclusive culture as a leader, friend, and partner, set a standard for leadership, and her legacy will endure. the long of the time. Work that we continue to do,” she stated.