A teenage girl’s body has been found under a pile of clothes on an apartment balcony by a cleaner, months after she went missing.

Audreona Barnes, 18, was last seen on July 30, 2021. She spoke with her family for the last time by phone that day before disappearing.

Her 39-year-old boyfriend, Bennie Washington, has now been charged with aggravated murder and gross abuse of a corpse after her fatal shooting, Cleveland.com reports.

Barnes’ body was found last Thursday, March 17, on the balcony of Bennie’s former apartment on Warner Road, in the Broadway-Slavic Village area of Cleveland, from where he had been evicted last March.

A cleaner reportedly called police after finding Barnes’ body on a balcony under a pile of clothes and blankets.

Investigators said that it seemed as though the body had been put outside intentionally to speed up decomposition.

Court documents reportedly stated that Ms Barnes had been shot in the head and investigators found bullet casings close to the body as well as a bullet hole in an apartment wall.