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    Gretchen S. Anthony (51) missing from Abacoa, FL since 3/20/2020

    A Jupiter man was arrested in New Mexico and charged with murder and kidnapping after his wife suddenly disappeared two weeks ago, police said.

    The Jupiter Police Department said on March 26 they opened a missing person case for 51-year-old Gretchen S. Anthony, who was last seen on March 20 at her residence on Sunshine Drive in the Mallory Creek community of Abacoa.

    Investigators said they determined her husband, David Ethan Anthony, 43, was the last known person to have contact with her.

    Police said evidence later revealed that David Anthony was responsible for her disappearance and homicide.

    Investigators later located David Anthony in Las Cruces, New Mexico, where he was arrested Tuesday and charged with second-degree murder and kidnapping.

    Jupiter police said he is currently waiting to be extradited back to Palm Beach County.

    Detectives said they are still trying to locate the whereabouts of Gretchen Anthony and believe two vehicles, a black 2016 Nissan Frontier or a dark blue Mini Cooper/Clubman, may have been used in the case.

    Call the Jupiter Police Department at 561-741-2235 if you can help in the investigation.

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    The car of Gretchen S. Anthony, a woman believed to have been killed by her husband, was recovered in the parking lot of Jupiter Medical Center, Jupiter police said.

    David Ethan Anthony, 48, was arrested March 31 in Las Cruces, New Mexico, where he was charged with second-degree murder and kidnapping in connection to his wife's disappearance, according to police. He also was arrested in Riviera Beach a few days before his wife's disappearance for resisting arrest with violence.

    On March 26, police say they responded to Gretchen Anthony's home where family members reported her missing. Investigators say the evidence they've collected suggests she's the victim of a homicide and her husband is responsible. Her dark blue Mini Cooper was found in the parking lot of Jupiter Medical Center on Tuesday.

    However, police still haven't found Gretchen Anthony's body. David Anthony is still in New Mexico waiting to be extradited back to Palm Beach County.

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    Florida Man Accused of Murdering His Wife, Using COVID-19 as Cover

    A Florida man is accused of killing his wife and using coronavirus as a cover story for her disappearance.

    David Anthony, 48, was arrested on March 31st in Las Cruces, Mexico, in connection with the disappearance of his wife Gretchen, 51. He is charged with second-degree murder and kidnapping.

    According to a witness, who is not being identified publicly, someone purporting to be Gretchen sent her a ?suspicious? text message on March 23rd claiming she had been diagnosed with COVID-19, and was being detained by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). Police also said another witness contacted them with a similar story, saying they had received a text from Gretchen claiming she had an ?acute? case of COVID-19 and was being ?sedated? by a CDC task force.

    When contacted by police, officials at the Jupiter Medical Center said there was no one with Gretchen?s name at the hospital. Reports of someone claiming to be Gretchen sending an additional text message to her mother saying she was on a ventilator at a local hospital also failed to check out.

    When police arrived at Gretchen?s home, they were unable to locate her. A neighbor informed them that she had heard screams at the residence the previous Saturday, including the sound of a woman yelling ?No, no! It hurts.? Upon searching her residence, police found towels in her kitchen containing a ?reddish substance? that appeared to be blood, as well as evidence of what appeared to be blood droplets in her bedroom.

    According to the Anthonys? friends, the couple had separated earlier this year, with Gretchen filing for divorce in February. Anthony is currently awaiting extradition to Palm Beach County, Florida.
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    Jupiter police released new details about the disappearance and believed death of Gretchen Anthony last month. Her estranged husband, David E. Anthony, was arrested in New Mexico, on charges of kidnapping and murder in connection to the 51-year-old woman’s disappearance.

    JUPITER — The text messages from Gretchen Anthony’s phone to friends and family started coming in March 23.

    She was being held by the Centers for Disease Control because she tested positive for COVID-19, one read.

    The following day, a text said the Jupiter woman had an “acute case” of the coronavirus and was being transported from Jupiter Medical Center to “a CDC approved task force in Belle Glade” that later turned out not to exist.

    By March 26, messages from Gretchen Anthony’s phone said she was being placed on a ventilator.

    The recipients of those message told Jupiter police they were strange and unlike her. When they called local hospitals to check on her status, no one under her name was checked in. Many were concerned for her safety because of her recent separation from her husband, David E. Anthony.

    Less than two weeks later, David Anthony, 43, was arrested in New Mexico on charges of kidnapping and murder in connection to his wife’s disappearance.

    To date, Gretchen Anthony has not been found, investigators said.

    Town police released new details Thursday surrounding the disappearance of the 51-year-old Jupiter resident and the arrest of her husband, who will be extradited to Palm Beach County to face charges.

    Gretchen Anthony was last seen March 20 at her home on Sunshine Drive in Abacoa’s Mallory Creek community. In a text exchange with an unnamed individual concerned about Gretchen’s whereabouts, David Anthony said he saw her the following day, when neighbors told police they heard screams coming from the Anthony’s home.

    During the following days, as the strange text messages were sent to friends and family from Gretchen Anthony’s phone, a black pickup, later identified as David Anthony’s, was seen at the residence with a tarp covering several items in its bed. Neighbors took photos of the truck and had surveillance-camera video of the vehicle.

    One morning, an unidentified neighbor reported seeing water and what appeared to be a white chemical draining into the street from the closed garage at Gretchen Anthony’s residence.

    After speaking with several concerned friends and family members on March 25, investigators reached out to David Anthony but got no reply. When they went to a possible residence of his, they met a woman who said she hadn’t heard from him since March 24, when he took his dog and told her he was moving to Costa Rica.

    The same unidentified woman said she also got a strange texts from Gretchen Anthony asking her to take care of her cats while she would allegedly be in quarantine for two weeks because of the coronavirus.

    Another witness, who was not named in the report, told police she was afraid David Anthony had done something because he had “issues.” The report did not elaborate.

    Though friends and family had not heard more from Gretchen Anthony, police were able to locate a signal from her phone in Pensacola, about 600 miles away from her residence.

    At about the same time, David Anthony attempted to sell a bag of women’s jewelry at a store in Pensacola. He and the vehicle were caught on surveillance-camera footage, police said. Another witness in the panhandle town later told police David Anthony had sold jewelry to him, saying it belonged to his mother, who had died of COVID-19.

    On March 26, another unnamed individual got a text message from Gretchen Anthony’s phone saying she was on a ventilator. But when they called the doctor listed in the text message, the 51-year-old was not a patient.

    The same day, police towed Gretchen Anthony’s dark blue Mini Cooper that found in the parking lot of Jupiter Medical Center. Two days earlier, surveillance-camera video from the parking lot showed a tall, white man with dark hair park the vehicle, lock it and leave the area on foot, according to police. David Anthony is 6 feet 7 inches, according to the arrest report.

    When police arrived March 26 at Gretchen Anthony’s home, one neighbor asked them if they were there to investigate “the attack that occurred Saturday morning.”

    Though no neighbors saw anything other than the truck during the early morning hours of March 20, they said they heard a women’s “blood curdling scream.”

    One neighbor told police when she went to investigate, the screaming had stopped.

    Police went into the Jupiter home and saw two bottles of cleaners and a rag in the kitchen. In the washing machine were towels with “a reddish substance on them that appeared to be blood.” Broken glass and “small droplets of blood” were also found in the master bedroom, police said.

    Officers then went on to check the garage, where they were met with a key snapped off in the locked door. Officers broke the door down and were met with a large, wet bleach stain on the floor.

    Cadaver dogs, which are trained to alert handlers when they detect decomposition, pointed officers to the area around the stain in the garage. What is believed to be blood also was recovered there, according to the report.

    On March 27, police said signals from both David Anthony’s phone and his wife’s phone were located in Texas.

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    David Anthony, the Jupiter man charged in the murder of his estranged wife, has been returned from New Mexico. He allegedly sent text messages from his wife’s phone as if he were her telling people that she had COVID-19.

    David Anthony, the Jupiter man who allegedly sent texts from his estranged wife’s phone, claiming she had COVID-19, in order to cover up her disappearance, has been returned from New Mexico.

    Anthony, 43, has been charged in her murder in late March in Abacoa’s Mallory Creek community.

    Anthony was booked early Thursday at the Palm Beach County Jail and was set to appear before a judge Thursday morning.

    He’s charged with second-degree murder and kidnapping in the death of Gretchen Anthony, 51, who has been missing since March 20.

    Authorities have provided some details on the woman’s disappearance and say they have evidence Anthony killed her.

    On May 7, Anthony waived extradition from Las Cruces, N.M., where he has been held since March 31. Because of the coronavirus, and because Anthony’s 6-foot-7-inch build limits accommodations, authorities had said it might be the end of May before he was back in South Florida.

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