Body of woman missing 6 years found in discarded freezer

HOLLYWOOD, Fla. (AP) — Authorities say the owner of a South Florida scrap metal business found the body of a woman who’d been missing for nearly six years inside a used upright freezer in a warehouse bay.

The SunSentinel reports Lilian Argueta called police after making the discovery in March. The medical examiner 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 36-year-old Jonathan Escarzaga in Hollywood. After his decomposing body was found inside an apartment, the building manager hired Argueta’s company to take away the appliances. The freezer was among items taken to Argueta’s warehouse. It was opened a month later.

Police haven’t said how Escarzaga and Lacey died.

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