June 15, 2021
A Philadelphia man who allegedly stabbed his girlfriend to death Friday night at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Atlantic City has surrendered to authorities, officials said Tuesday.
Frankie E. Lane, 59, has been charged with homicide and weapons offenses in the death of Sharon Whaley, 57, of Philadelphia.
Atlantic City police found Whaley's body inside a hotel room after responding to a report of a woman with multiple stab wounds around 9:45 p.m., prosecutors said.
A joint investigation was led by Atlantic City police and the major crimes unit of the Atlantic County Prosecutor's Office. Philadelphia police also are assisting in the investigation.
According to prosecutors, Lane was seen in surveillance footage wearing a white T-shirt that was later found in a bag that had been tossed in a trash can in Atlantic City. Lane allegedly was seen leaving the hotel with the bag, but did not have it with him at the Atlantic City bus terminal, where security footage showed him buying a ticket back to Philadelphia.
Whaley was found in the hotel room with a sheet covering her body and a knife on top of the sheet. An autopsy was conducted on Monday.
Anyone with information regarding this stabbing is asked to contact the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office at (609) 909-7800.