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UPDATED: Ex-Boyfriend Charged After Body of Missing Gastonia Woman Found in S.C.

UPDATED 10/17/21

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – The search for a missing Gastonia woman came to a tragic close after her body was discovered in Fairfield County, S.C.

Detectives with the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department’s Homicide Unit have obtained first-degree murder warrants against Charles William Combs in relation to the death of LaPorscha Baldwin.

Baldwin was reported missing in Gastonia by family members on Oct. 10. Her abandoned car was found on I-85 south between the Sam Wilson Road exit and Belmont.

The City of Gastonia Police Department began investigating her disappearance. Detectives found that Baldwin was last seen in Mecklenburg County.

CMPD’s Missing Persons Unit began assisting the Gastonia Police Department with the missing person investigation. The CMPD Homicide unit began investigating the homicide of Baldwin on Oct. 13.

The next day, CMPD Homicide Detectives collaborated with the Gastonia Police Department, Federal Bureau of Investigation (F.B.I.), South Carolina Law Enforcement Division (SLED) and the Fairfield County Sheriff’s Office located Baldwin deceased in Fairfield County, S.C.

Combs was arrested in Myrtle Beach, S.C., by the Myrtle Beach Police Department in collaboration with SLED Agents and CMPD Violent Crimes Apprehension Team (VCAT) on Oct. 16.

CMPD Homicide Detectives traveled to Myrtle Beach and interviewed Combs. At the conclusion of the interview, he will be transferred to the custody of the J. Reuben Long Detention Center in Horry County, S.C., and will await extradition to Mecklenburg County.

Baldwin’s family has set up a GoFundMe to benefit her daughter and cover funeral expenses.

The investigation into this case is active and ongoing. As additional information develops, it will be released by the CMPD’s Public Affairs Office.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call 704-432-TIPS and speak directly to a Homicide Unit detective. Detective Barnett is the lead detective assigned to this case.

The public can also leave information anonymously by contacting Crime Stoppers at 704-334-1600 or



Laporscha Chantal Baldwin
Gastonia, North Carolina
Last seen October 10, 2021

GASTONIA, N.C. — Detectives with the Gastonia Police Department are asking the public for help as they try to find a missing 30-year-old woman.

Laporscha Chantal Baldwin, of Gastonia, last spoke with family members around 2 p.m. on Sunday, and they have not been able to contact her since then, police said.

Baldwin’s vehicle was found abandoned along Interstate 85 between Sam Wilson Road and Belmont.

Detectives believe that Baldwin may have had recent contact with her ex-boyfriend, Charles Combs, 35, of Charlotte. Investigators have not been able to locate Combs.

Baldwin is 5 feet, 2 inches tall and weighs about 190 pounds. She has brown eyes and dark hair and was last seen wearing a rose-colored blouse, blue jeans and gray shoes.

Police and family members are concerned for Baldwin’s welfare.

Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of Baldwin is asked to call 911 or detectives at 704-866-6702. Callers may remain anonymous.


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