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 July 8, 2023

8-year-old’s body found in U-Haul - Parents driving around for months with corpse

A horrifying case of child abuse and murder has resurfaced, shedding light on the brutal treatment of an 8-year-old girl by her adoptive parents, who later transported her body across states.

In a harrowing case that has shocked the nation, an Airway Heights couple, Aleksandr Kurmoyarov, 29, and Mandie Miller, 33, stand accused of the brutal murder of an 8-year-old girl. The couple allegedly transported the child's body to South Dakota in a U-Haul trailer, intending to bury her on the Rosebud Sioux Indian Reservation. The child, Meelah Miller, was Mandie Miller's niece and adopted daughter.

The Mitchell Police Department went viral with their original post detailing the events.

The Spokeman-Review reported that the couple was extradited to Spokane County and made their first appearance in Spokane County Superior Court. They face charges of second-degree murder, first-degree criminal mistreatment, and unlawful imprisonment. The bond for the couple has been set at $1 million.

The Unfolding of a Tragic Tale

According to court documents, the couple's actions leading up to and following Meelah's death were deeply disturbing. Miller told police that Meelah died after choking on a strawberry milkshake at their Airway Heights home. However, her account was inconsistent and appeared deceptive.

Kurmoyarov's account differed significantly from Miller's. He described Meelah as a "handful" and admitted to tying her to a car seat for several hours and slapping her twice on the day she died. He also revealed that Miller would hit Meelah's toes with a hammer when she misbehaved.

The couple's actions following Meelah's death were equally disturbing. They kept Meelah's body in her bed until they could secure a casket and rent a U-Haul to transport her body to South Dakota.

Investigation and Legal Proceedings

The couple's arrest in South Dakota followed a series of alarming events. A funeral home on the Rosebud Indian Reservation contacted the local coroner after the couple failed to deliver Meelah's body as promised. The police were then notified, leading to the couple's arrest.

During the investigation, a man who considered himself to be Meelah's father revealed that Miller had informed him of Meelah's death over a month after the fact. He also shared that Miller had referred to Meelah as "evil."

The autopsy report revealed that Meelah had lesions on her wrists and ankles consistent with being tied up and was severely malnourished. The cause and manner of death were determined to be homicide.

Remembering Meelah

Despite the passage of time, it is crucial to remember Meelah, the young victim at the heart of this case. Her life was tragically cut short, and her memory lives on in the pursuit of justice. This case serves as a stark reminder of the importance of vigilance and awareness in our communities to protect the most vulnerable among us.

As we reflect on this case, let us remember Meelah, not just as a symbol of a horrific crime, but as a child whose life was unjustly taken. Her memory should serve as a call to action for all of us to work towards a safer, more just world for our children.

    • An Airway Heights couple, Aleksandr Kurmoyarov and Mandie Miller, stand accused of the brutal murder of an 8-year-old girl, Meelah Miller.
    • The couple allegedly transported the child's body to South Dakota in a U-Haul trailer, intending to bury her on the Rosebud Sioux Indian Reservation.
    • Kurmoyarov admitted to tying Meelah to a car seat for several hours and slapping her twice on the day she died. He also revealed that Miller would hit Meelah's toes with a hammer when she misbehaved.
    • The autopsy report revealed that Meelah had lesions on her wrists and ankles consistent with being tied up and was severely malnourished. The cause and manner of death were determined to be homicide.
    • Despite the passage of time, the importance of remembering Meelah and seeking justice remains paramount.

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Written By: Rampart Stonebridge

I'm Rampart Stonebridge, a curious and passionate writer who can't get enough of true crime. As a criminal investigative journalist, I put on my detective hat, delving deep into each case to reveal the hidden truths. My mission? To share engaging stories and shed light on the complexities of our mysterious world, all while satisfying your curiosity about the intriguing realm of true crime.
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