The authorities of southern Florida are trying to figure out how a woman who passed almost six years ago ended up in an upright freezer brought to a warehouse in February. Sun Sentinel reports the scrap company owner called the police after finding the discovery in March. The medical examiner later identified the body as 30-year-old Heather Anne Lacey.
Lacey's family lost contact with her in 2013. The medical examination was reluctant autopsy results, and it was not clear how the woman died, the report writes.
Her body may not have been discovered, but for Jonathan Escarzaga, 36, who died in February, whose disruptive body was found in an apartment near Hollywood, Florida.
The chief executive hired Lilian Argueta's company to remove the appliances, including the freezer. They were stored in a warehouse until Argueta opened the freezer about a month later. Argueta told the paper that she first thought the body could be a mannequin.
"I thought," It can't be a person, "Argueta said." But there was a bad smell. "The Hollywood police are investigating. They said Escarzaga was a freelance flight mechanic. An autopsy did not record drugs in his system, and there were reportedly no signs of recent injuries.
The newspaper reported that the building manager did not know how long the freezer was inside Escarzaga's apartment. Escarzaga had not called for repairs since 2017.
Police have not said when Escarzaga and Lacey died or they knew each other. Her family says they did not know about him. Nor is it known how long Lacey's body was
Lacey was divorced and mother of three children, writes the report. Her family told the paper that she attended college and held a series of jobs, but struggled with substance abuse and became involved in prostitution.
"She was a very smart girl and had a lot for her, and unfortunately her downfall was in drugs, doing drugs and being addicted, "said Patti Palumbo, Lacey's mother to the paper. "It put her in a cycle that led us here."