Former resident of a DC overflow shelter presumed dead in homicide
Olga Ooro, a 34-year-old DC resident was reported missing on July 19. According to the missing person’s report, she was last seen three days prior in the 300 block of Mass. Ave. NW. The previous day, MPD responded to that location for the report of an unattended child. “Upon arrival, officers located a juvenile male who was unaware of his mother’s whereabouts,” according to a news release about the case.
According to Jewel Stroman, a grassroots advocate for homeless families, Ooro was a former resident of the Quality Inn, which was contracted by the D.C. Department of Human Services to provide overflow shelters space for families the city could not accommodate in its shelter facilities. “DHS is supporting MPD and hoping Ms. Ooro is found safely soon,” the department’s chief of staff wrote in a July 21 email to Stroman.
Two days later, Ooro’s boyfriend, 55 year-old Darnell Sterling, was arrested and charged with her murder, according to the MPD news release.
The case has been labeled a homicide, but Ooro’s body has not been found. “Ooro is described as a Black female with a dark brown complexion, 5’0” in height, 125 pounds, with black hair and brown eyes,” according to the missing person’s report.