Two people have been arrested in reference to the demise of Esmeralda Gonzalez (above, insert) — whose physique might have been discovered encased in concrete inside a wood field within the Las Vegas desert.
Christopher Prestipino (above, far left) was booked for the 24-year-old’s homicide, whereas Lisa Mort (above, far proper) was accused of serving to him cowl it up.
The mannequin — who reportedly labored within the grownup leisure trade, and had greater than 300,000 Instagram followers — disappeared Might 31.
Per alleged residential surveillance video, Gonzalez — sporting lingerie and heels — was seen attempting to open the door of a house round 300 yards from the place Prestipino lived.
The residents inside instructed her she was on the fallacious home, and later shared with police her “gait was unsteady and she or he appeared disoriented.”
Allegedly, she then walked within the route of Prestipino’s property.
After not listening to from her for every week, Esmeralda’s brother filed a lacking individuals report. When he went to her dwelling, he discovered the lights on, and seen the place regarded ransacked.
(He additionally mentioned his sister was identified with schizophrenia and bipolar dysfunction, and had been off her treatment for weeks earlier than her disappearance.)
In late July, police acquired a tip Prestipino might need killed Gonzalez. Moreover, one other witness mentioned Prestipino instructed a good friend “he killed the lacking lady.”
In line with Chief Deputy District Legal professional Pamela Weckerly, the tipster instructed detectives:
“Esmeralda was at Christopher’s home, and he ended up getting her excessive on methamphetamine… Christopher was not conscious of Esmeralda’s psychological issues, and she or he began performing weird and talking within the satan’s tongue.”
Per courtroom papers, Gonzalez was “left tied as much as a bedpost for an prolonged time frame.” Allegedly, when Prestipino untied her, she punched him within the face, which led to him attempting to strangle her.
“He thought she was lifeless, however she awoke.”
Police consider she was then poisoned with pool cleaner.
Afterward, in early June, Prestipino allegedly referred to as a household good friend “as a result of he wanted assist” transferring a wood field stuffed with concrete right into a U-Haul truck.
Although prosecutors consider Cassandra Bascones — also referred to as Cassandra Garrett, Cassandra Tran, and Nikki Hart — was doubtlessly concerned, she has not but been arrested.
After allegedly dumping the physique, Prestipino snuck away to Belize, however later returned to Vegas the place he was arrested. Along with fees of homicide, he’s dealing with first-degree kidnapping leading to substantial bodily hurt and conspiracy to commit homicide. He’s being held with out bail on the Clark County Detention Heart.
Mort faces a cost of harboring, concealing, or aiding a felon. Although she claims to not know something about Gonzalez’s disappearance, whereas in jail for an unrelated drug case, she was warned by Prestipino in a recorded name “to not converse with anybody” and “to wipe her telephone.”
The Clark County coroner’s workplace have but to formally establish Gonzalez’s stays.