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Texts saying the coronavirus sickened a lacking Florida girl led police to cost her estranged husband with homicide, in line with studies.
Jupiter police are nonetheless looking for Gretchen Anthony, 51.
She disappeared in center of March, weeks after submitting for divorce from her husband David Anthony, 48, in line with studies.
Anthony and his Nissan Frontier had been present in Las Cruces, New Mexico, on March 31. He was arrested there on costs of second-degree homicide and kidnapping, Jupiter police mentioned this week.
“As the investigation progressed and further evidence collected, it is believed David E. Anthony is responsible for her disappearance and related homicide which was determined to have occurred on March 21, 2020,” police mentioned in a information launch.
Police mentioned they started investigating on March 25 after a girl reported getting a “suspicious textual content message” from Gretchen Anthony. The textual content mentioned she had COVID-19 and was being held by the “CDC” after being checked out at Jupiter Medical Heart, WPEC-TV reported Thursday, citing the arrest report.
The buddy mentioned she obtained the textual content the morning of March 23.
An officer went to the hospital and was instructed Anthony wasn’t a affected person, however discovered her Mini Cooper along with her purse within the parking zone, the station reported.
The arrest report says police interviewed a person who additionally mentioned he acquired a textual content message from Gretchen Anthony the morning of March 24, saying that she was at Jupiter Medical Heart with an “acute” case of COVID-19 and was being taken to a CDC middle in Belle Glade, Fla., the place they “sedated her,” in line with the station.
Police mentioned the Facilities for Illness Management and Prevention doesn’t have a facility in Belle Glade.
The station quoted the arrest report as saying that on March 26 police spoke to a neighbor of Gretchen Anthony who requested them in the event that they had been there to analyze “the assault that occurred Saturday morning,” March 21.
The neighbor instructed officers that shortly after 6 a.m. she heard a girl’s voice from Gretchen Anthony’s patio set free “a blood-curdling scream” after which heard a girl yell, “No! No it hurts!” in line with the station.
One other neighbor instructed police he additionally heard the screams and observed David Anthony’s truck parked on the highway, with the mattress loaded up and coated with a tarp, the station reported.
The Las Cruces Sun Herald reported that David Anthony was in New Mexico planning to flee to South America.