Campers discovered the burned body of a missing 17-year-old honor student in an abandoned refrigerator Saturday, and authorities said a teenage acquaintance and another man had confessed to killing her.
Annamarie Cruz Randazzo was last seen alive on July 21 when she dropped off two friends after a night at the movies.
Her car was later found torched in a field, but it wasn’t until Saturday that her body was found in a wooded area near Lehigh Acres. Detectives were waiting for a medical examiner’s report to determine how she died, said Cape Coral police spokesman Angelo Bitsis.
Joshua Henninger, a 16-year-old acquaintance of Randazzo’s, and Jeremy Chapman, 23, were each charged with second-degree murder and kidnapping Saturday.
According to police, Randazzo went to Henninger’s house after she dropped off her friends that night. There was an altercation, and one of the suspects struck her, police said.
The pair tied Randazzo up, put her in her car and drove to an unknown location, where she was killed, police said. The two then drove her to the wooded area where her body was set ablaze in the abandoned refrigerator, police said.
It wasn’t immediately clear if either man had an attorney who could comment. They were being booked late Saturday at the Cape Coral jail, Bitsis said.