*The body of a set decorator employed at Mo’Nique’s Atlanta-based BET talk show was found dead last week, and her husband has turned himself in to police, according to CNN reports.
The body of Maureen Allaben was recovered from her husband’s truck after he drove from the Atlanta area to Virginia — to drop off their two children with relatives, according to one account — and then returned.
A DeKalb County Police spokeswoman said officials had initially started a missing persons case after they were alerted by Allaben’s out-of-state loved ones, who were worried about her. She said DeKalb County Police were notified Tuesday by police in neighboring Clayton County that Allaben’s husband, Dennis Allaben, had turned himself in.
Acting DeKalb County Police Chief William O’Brien told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution that “he just showed up at [Clayton County] police headquarters and said he’d killed his wife.”
Police have not released details on Allaben’s killing.
On Thursday, Mo’Nique released the following statement to CNN: “We are all saddened by Maureen’s passing but we also rejoice in having had the opportunity to know her sweet, soulful spirit. Live each day to the fullest.”
At press time, police had not released any information on a possible motive. Authorities said Dennis Allaben was arraigned Wednesday night on a charge of felony murder and ordered held without bond at the DeKalb County Jail.