The body of a Florida woman missing for nearly six years was discovered stuffed inside a warehouse freezer, a report said on Monday.
The remains of 35-year-old Heather Lacey — who hasn’t been seen since Thanksgiving 2013 — were found by the owner of a scrap metal business in Margate, Fla. last month, according to the Sun Sentinel.
“It thought it was a witch, or a mannequin,” Lilian Argueta told the paper about finding the cadaver.
“I thought, ‘It can’t be a person.’ But there was a bad odor.”
Lacey, a mother of two children, suddenly went missing in the fall of 2013.
“My dad was talking to her every day until Thanksgiving,” Amber Lacey, Heather’s younger sister, told The Sentinel.
“She needed that phone for business and when it was disconnected, I knew something was wrong.”
The freezer with Lacey’s body inside was taken to the facility after its owner, Jonathan Escarzaga, was discovered dead inside his apartment.
The building manager hired a company to remove all of the appliances in the apartment, including an old upright freezer.
The freezer was taken to Lilian Argueta’s scrap business, where it was opened.
It was not clear on Monday if Escarzaga had any role in Lacey’s death or disappearance.
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