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    Esmerelda Gonzalez (24) was found encased in concrete months after she went missing

    https://www.foxnews.com/us/body-enca...-missing-woman

    The body of a Las Vegas woman who was reported missing in May is believed to have been found in the Nevada desert, completely encased in concrete inside a ?wooden structure,? court documents reveal.

    Las Vegas Metropolitan Police were dispatched to a home on May 31 just before 7 p.m. concerning a missing person report. The victim, later identified by Las Vegas Review-Journal as Esmeralda Gonzalez, 24, had not been heard from for several days.

    Several months later, on Oct. 8., homicide detectives recovered a body in the desert area just north of Las Vegas. Police said the body was found completely encased in ?concrete and in a wooden structure.? Although police have not yet formally identified the victim, court documents obtained by the Review-Journal name Gonzalez.

    Days later, police arrested Christopher Prestipino, 45, and Lisa Mort, 31, in connection with the discovery of the body.

    The pair was arrested on Oct. 11 and Prestipino was charged with open murder, kidnapping in the first degree resulting in substantial bodily harm and conspiracy murder.

    Mort was also booked into the Clark County Detention Center on the charge of harbor/conceal/aid a felony offender.

    According to court documents obtained by the Review-Journal, Prestipino strangled the victim and then injected her body with pool cleaner after leaving her ?tied up to a bedpost for an extended period of time.? After she was killed, he reportedly transported the body to the desert using a rented U-Haul.

    The victim, who was said to work in the adult entertainment industry and had a large following on social media, lived about one-tenth of a mile from the suspect, according to the report.

    Court documents also stated that the victim suffered from mental illness and was captured on surveillance the day she disappeared walking around her neighborhood in high heels and lingerie asking for rides.

    Detectives received a tip in July that pointed them in the direction of Prestipino.
    Her IG:https://www.instagram.com/esmeralda_merlot/?hl=en

    http://mydeathspace.com/article/2019...e_went_missing

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    What does one say to something like this? WTF.

    RIP Esmerelda

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    I?ve been following this case since she went missing, so terrible to see this is the outcome.

    Me and my husband took a vacation out there a couple weeks before she disappeared and we actually went to the gentleman?s club that she danced at. She wasn?t there the night we went but she?s posted a lot on their website and Instagram, so I instantly recognized her when I saw the news stories that she was missing.

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    Sorry this is hitting so close to home Impale. This is incredibly sad and scary. The concrete part reminds me of something old school mafia, which makes me side eye the club owner etc. No one should meet their end like this.

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    The people who?ve been arrested aren?t affiliated with the club as far as I know. I?m curious to know more about their motive or if it was random or what.

    The club is currently owned by a family of lawyers, I don?t think they had anything to do with this. The dancers there seemed to be happy and the rest of the staff seemed great as well.

    It?s the Palomino in Las Vegas. There?s a dark past to the place, and there was recently an episode of ghost adventures filmed there.

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    I really hope she was dead before they injected her with pool chemicals.

    "The love for all living creatures is the most noble attribute of man" -Charles Darwin

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    https://heavy.com/news/2019/10/esmeralda-gonzalez/

    Esmeralda Gonzalez was a 24-year-old Las Vegas woman who authorities believe was injected with pool cleaner and strangled to death by a man under arrest, who is then accused of burying her in the desert, according to KTNV and the Review Journal.

    Horrifically, authorities say Gonzalez’s body was discovered buried inside a “concrete and wooden structure” in a desert area near Las Vegas, according to The Review Journal, which reports that Christopher Prestipino, a 45-year-old felon, is now accused of murdering her. Lisa Mort, 31, is accused of being a co-conspirator. You can read more about Prestipino here. He’s a casino stagehand.

    The body was discovered October 8, 2019, months after Gonzalez, 24, was reported missing. The newspaper describes Gonzalez as working “in the adult entertainment industry.” Her Instagram page, reviewed by Heavy, shows she had more than 300,000 followers and filled her page with scantily clad glamour shots. Another woman is accused of participating in the killing but has not been arrested, The Review Journal reported.
    The Review Journal reports that police were led to Prestipino by an anonymous tip and believe he kidnapped Gonzalez and held her against her will. He lived in the 9000 block of Iron Cactus Avenue and was visited by detectives in July but it’s not clear why, the newspaper reported.

    He has drug cases on his criminal history, including one for manufacturing meth. Mort is accused of harboring, concealing or aiding a felon. Prestipino is accused of murder and kidnapping.
    Gonzalez was described by the Facebook page devoted to finding her as being in fragile mental health in the days leading up to her murder.

    “In the days before her disappearance, Esmeralda experienced multiple psychological episodes…she’s extremely vulnerable. We miss the friendly and cheerful presence of Esmeralda. Her family desperately seeks answers about his whereabouts,” the page wrote before she was found.

    KTNV reported that Gonzalez was last seen the day before she disappeared at a car dealership and later on a home surveillance camera. She was “dressed only in lingerie and high heels” and acted “dispirited,” the television station reported.

    According to the Review Journal, Gonzalez was seen walking around in that outfit asking for a ride and then tried to open a door to a home but was advised by the homeowners that she was at the wrong house. A witness claimed she went to Prestipino’s house and did methamphetamine, the newspaper reported. He’s then accused of renting a U-Haul to bury her body, becoming frantic when he and another woman allegedly left a dolly there. At one point, he is accused of tying her to a bedpost after she threatened to tell police about the drugs.
    Here is the FB page from when she was missing:https://www.facebook.com/FindEsmeralda/

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    https://www.reviewjournal.com/crime/...model-1873538/

    A third suspect in the death of a 24-year-old model has been arrested in Wisconsin on murder and kidnapping charges, the Las Vegas Review-Journal has learned.

    The suspect was booked Friday into the Milwaukee County Jail under the name Cassandra Winn, according to the jail’s website.

    A criminal complaint filed Thursday charges 39-year-old Casandra Garrett, also known as Casandra Winn, Casandra Bascones, Casandra Tran and Nikki Hart. Authorities suspect she participated in the killing of Esmeralda Gonzalez, last seen alive in late May.

    She faces one count each of conspiracy to commit murder, first-degree kidnapping and murder. The complaint alleges that she and 45-year-old Christopher Prestipino, who was arrested last week, killed Gonzalez “with a poisonous substance and/or by strangulation.” Prestipino faces the same charges.
    Las Vegas homicide detectives last spoke with Garrett about a month ago in Milwaukee, when she was “defensive, argumentative, and denied any knowledge” of Gonzalez’s disappearance, court documents state.

    Less than two days later, Garrett talked to a friend, who also spoke with investigators, about the interview.

    “Casandra told her it may have been a sex fetish game that might have gone wrong, but she did not know if the victim was the girl from the flyer the detectives had shown her,” according to a court document.

    Gonzalez was last seen alive in the pre-dawn hours of May 31, when she was captured on residential surveillance video trying to open the door to a home in the 9000 block of West Torino Avenue, less than two-tenths of a mile from Prestipino’s home.

    Between June 1 and June 11, Prestipino called Garrett’s phone, which had a Las Vegas area code, repeatedly while his phone utilized cell towers in a desert area near Primm and the California border. He also made multiple calls immediately after he rented a U-Haul truck. On June 14, Prestipino started calling a cellphone with an area code from New Orleans, to which Garrett has ties.

    “Investigators believe Casandra Garrett switched her telephone number after disposing of the victim’s body,” the court document indicates.

    Prosecutors have alleged that Gonzalez was at Garrett and Prestipino’s residence at 9501 Iron Cactus Ave. and that she was left tied up to a bedpost for an extended period of time before she was killed. She had threatened to call police on Prestipino because of the drugs he had given her, according to prosecutors.

    He untied her, and she punched him in the face, according to a court filing. That’s when he tried to strangle her. “He thought she was dead, but she woke up,” the document states. Investigators believe Gonzalez may have later been poisoned.

    Home Depot purchases

    Six days after Gonzalez vanished, Prestipino was captured on surveillance video at a southwest valley Home Depot paying cash for five 60-pound bags of cement mix, a 50-pound bag of Type S lime, which is used to mix cement, two boxes of deck screws, eight concrete fence cap blocks, two tubes of WD-40 silicone lubricant, an “Ocean Mist” air freshener and an iced coffee. The next day, he returned to the store and bought a drill and a concrete mixing paddle.

    Prestipino then called a family friend for help moving a wooden box full of concrete into a U-Haul truck, according to the document. In the back of the U-Haul, the friend noticed a concrete mixer and a deep freezer that was taped and strapped shut. When she asked about the freezer, he told her that if anyone got inside “it would be all bad.”

    Late last month, detectives spoke with another friend of Prestipino’s who owned a business on West Tompkins Avenue.

    A few days earlier, Prestipino left his black 2012 BMW at the shop’s garage. He asked about muriatic acid, which is used as pool cleaner and to make methamphetamine, and talked about “wanting to detail his car, specifically the trunk,” the friend told detectives.

    Police had the BMW towed. Tucked in a black pouch in the glove box, detectives found Home Depot receipts. On the dashboard, they spotted a single blond hair.

    Prestipino’s 31-year-old girlfriend, Lisa Mort, another alleged co-conspirator, faces a charge of harboring, concealing or aiding a felon. Records show that she was arrested Aug. 27 in an unrelated drug case.

    Prosecutors said Mort has denied knowing anything about Gonzalez’s disappearance. But in recorded jail calls before Prestipino was arrested, he “warned her not to speak with anyone,” according to court documents.

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