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FL HEATHER LACEY: Missing from Deerfield Beach, FL - 21 November 2013 - Age 29 *Found Deceased*

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  1. Romulus

    Romulus In the earth of missing person

    Heather Anne Lacey
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    Lacey, circa 2013

    • Missing Since 11/21/2013
    • Missing From Deerfield Beach, Florida
    • Classification Endangered Missing
    • Date of Birth 06/15/1983 (35)
    • Age 29 years old
    • Height and Weight 5'7, 140 pounds
    • Clothing/Jewelry Description A light-colored shirt, shorts and sandals.
    • Medical Conditions Lacey has a history of drug abuse.
    • Distinguishing Characteristics Caucasian female. Blonde hair, blue eyes. Lacey has the following tattoos: a cross on her back, a butterfly on her abdomen, the letters "ph" on her left ring finger, a rose on her left ankle, a fairy on her right ankle, and the name "ZOE" on her neck.
    Details of Disappearance
    Lacey was last seen in Deerfield Beach, Florida on November 21, 2013. She has never been heard from again. Few details are available in her case. Many agencies give the date of disappearance as June 10, 2013.
    Investigating Agency
    • Broward County Sheriff's Office 954-321-4268
    Source Information

    Media - https://crimewatchers.net/forum/ind...field-beach-florida-on-november-21-2013.4213/
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    Akoya Bronze Member

    Please provide urls, so we know the source of this information. Thank you.
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    Romulus In the earth of missing person

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    Kimster Director Staff Member

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    Body of woman missing 6 years found in discarded freezer
    Updated: May 14, 2019 - 10:52 AM

    Body of woman missing 6 years found in discarded freezer

    HOLLYWOOD, Fla. (AP) - Authorities in South Florida are trying to figure out how a woman who went missing nearly six years ago ended up in an upright freezer that was brought to a scrap metal warehouse in February.

    The SunSentinel reports Lilian Argueta called police after making the discovery in March. The medical examiner later identified the body as 30-year-old Heather Anne Lacey, whose family lost contact with her in 2013.
    Her body may not have been discovered but for the February death of Jonathan Escarzaga, 36, whose decomposing body was found in an apartment in nearby Hollywood.

    The apartment manager hired Argueta's company to take away the appliances, including the freezer. They were stored in a warehouse until Argueta opened the freezer about a month later.

    Hollywood police said Escarzaga was a freelance airplane mechanic. The medical examiner's office hasn't said how he died. An autopsy didn't detect drugs in his system.

    The newspaper reported that the building manager didn't know how long the freezer had been inside Escarzaga's apartment. He said Escarzaga had not called for any repairs since 2017.

    Police haven't said when Escarzaga and Lacey died or whether they knew each other. Her family says they didn't know if him. It's also not known when Lacey died or how long her body was in a freezer.

    Copyright 2019 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

  6. KareBear

    KareBear Well-Known Member

    Family Wants Justice As Questions Remain About Missing Woman’s Body Found In Freezer

    By Joan Murray May 14, 2019 at 6:55 pm

    MARGATE (CBSMiami) – A Hollywood cold case is reignited after a distributing discovery that has just come to light.
    In mid-March, the body of Heather Anne Lacey, a mother of two, was found in an old upright freezer that was being dismantled at a small scrap business off US-441 in Margate.

    Investigators are trying to figure out how Lacey died and her body ended up in the freezer.

    Scrap business owner Lilian Argueta, who made the discovery, is still haunted by what she saw.

    “I thought it was a mummy” she said.
    Heather Lacey vanished in the fall of 2013. She had been living in the Hollywood and Hallandale Beach area off Federal Highway, according to her family.

    “She was 23 months older than me. We were close. She was naturally smart,” remembers her sister, Amber Lacey. “She could take any test and did well on the SAT’s.”

    Amber says her sister attended college but left when she became pregnant.
    Then she says a botched C-section left Heather hospitalized for two months. Afterwards, prescribed pain pills led to a drug addiction and a downward spiral that included prostitution.

    Amber says she and her father used to search the streets of Hollywood and Hallandale Beach trying to find Heather.
    She says Hollywood police did little to search for Heather because of her past.
    “It’s been a rough six years for my family,” explained Amber. “People in the area told us somebody put a bag over her head but we weren’t getting a lot of information.”

    The freezer with Heather’s remains had been in an apartment on Polk Street in Hollywood.

    Jonathan Escarzaga rented the apartment, but strangely he was found deceased in February.

    Neighbor Tom Burke says Escarzaga was quiet, and his body wasn’t found for days after he died.

    “That was a smell you never forget. When they crowbarred the door open, flies came out. I opened the front French doors of the building for air and ran back to my apartment,” said Burke.

    Police are still trying to unravel the mystery Of how Heather died and ended up in Escarzaga’s freezer.

    The medical examiner is awaiting a toxicology report.

    Amber Lacey says she can’t rest until she knows what happened to Heather.
    “I feel peace knowing we have her home now, but I won’t be fully at peace until we get justice for her. She deserves that,” said Amber.

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    I thought it was a witch, or a mannequin,’ Argueta told via the Sun Sentinel. ‘I thought, ‘It can’t be a person.’ But there was a bad odor.’

    Of disconcert the body- that of a woman was reportedly found with her hands up against the freezer door, perhaps as if she were trying to push it open.

    Authorities identified the body as Heather Anne Lacey, who disappeared in 2013 at the age of 35. According to reports, Lacey’s family had long suspected that something terrible had happened to her. A bright, divorced mother of two, Lacey had slipped into drug abuse after enduring a difficult Caesarean section birth, and reportedly sometimes worked as a prostitute.

    She was a very smart girl and had a lot going for her and unfortunately, her downfall was getting into drugs, doing drugs and being addicted,’ Lacey’s mother Patti Palumbo said in an interview with the Sun Sentinel. ‘It put her in a cycle that led us here.’

    Photo: The Lacey sisters in 2011: Amber, Michelle and Heather.

    According to the Sentinel, the freezer came from a home in Hollywood, where firefighters responded to a call about a foul odor in February. There, they found the body of 36-year-old Jonathan Escarzaga, who had vanished the week before.

    Escarzaga’s cause of death remains unknown, as do any ties he might have had to Lacey. An autopsy conducted by the Broward County Medical Examiner on Escarzaga, a freelance airplane mechanic, did not find any evidence of recent drug use or injury.

    Following the discovery of the body, the building manager in Hollywood reportedly arranged to have the appliances in the unit removed, and it eventually made its way to Argueta’s business — but not until a month after Escarzaga’s body was found. During that time, it does not appear that anyone opened the freezer, while Argueta and her husband noted that the freezer wasn’t locked when they received it.

    Questions continue to surround Lacey’s death, with authorities having few details to go on.

    Though they are trying to forget, Lilian Argueta and her store mechanic, Steven Calcano said they still ponder the life of the woman inside the freezer.

    ‘Every once in a while I think, ‘Why would this happen, and how would it happen?’’ said Calcano.

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