Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance
Details of Disappearance
Leyla Namiranian, 41-year-old Altria executive, was reported missing on April 4, 2012 when she didnít show up for work. Police later found her car parked outside her Midlothian home, but no sign of Namiranian and no signs of a struggle, though her purse and two cell phones were missing. One of her cellphones was found damaged in a roadway, and the other was recovered off the side of a road.
Michael Anthony Edwards, a Richmond man with whom Namiranian had severed a relationship about the time she vanished, remains investigators' primary person of interest in the case. He was indicted on a charge of first-degree murder in connection with the death of Leyla Namiranian in 2015. Court papers suggest that Namiranian was afraid of Edwards in the weeks leading up to her disappearance, and that she told a close friend that Edwards had reacted poorly to their breakup and would show up at her Midlothian home unannounced. Namiranian also told the friend that Edwards had choked and threatened her.
Edwards admitted he lied to investigators but ultimately told them he went to see Edwards on the night of April 4, the last day she was seen, and that he parked outside her home early the following morning.
Edwards has adamantly denied any involvement in her disappearance. He has a violent criminal history that includes convictions for stabbing a former girlfriend with a butcher knife and assaulting her 10-year-old child in 1990.
Cell phone records put Edwards near Namiranian's home for five hours the night of her disappearance on April 4, 2012. They also show him near I-95, where both of Namiranian's phones were found. Investigators found blood traces in the trunk of his car.
Police have not found Namiranian's body, but they are now classifying the case a "no-body" homicide.
If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
Chesterfield Police Department