CAMDEN, N.J. — A New Jersey woman was buried alive in a shallow grave by her landscaper after he offered to drive her to buy a new car, police said on Thursday, according to NJ.com.
Fatima Perez was reported missing on Monday evening, the same day she left her Camden home to buy a car listed for sale on Craigslist.
The 41-year-old woman’s body was found Wednesday in Monroe Township.
Authorities said Perez’s mouth and eyes were covered with duct tape before she was buried alive and covered with lime.
According to the report, Landscaper Carlos Alicea-Antonetti, of Camden, and one of his employees, Ramon Ortiz of Pennsauken, told investigators they buried her alive.
An autopsy determined Perez died of asphyxiation.
Investigators said Alicea-Antonetti picked up Perez on Monday in his van to drive her to buy a car listed on Craigslist for $8,000.
Alicea-Antonetti told investigators he argued with Perez and she apparently fell out of his van. Despite being injured, Perez got back into the vehicle and was lying in the back when he picked up Ortiz.
Alicea-Antonetti told detectives he and Ortiz bound and blindfolded Perez before driving to a wooded location where they dug a hole and dumped the woman in it, poured lime over her and attempted to conceal the ditch by covering it with branches and debris.
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