Florida woman missing for 6 years found in warehouse freezer

The body of Heather Anne Lacey was discovered inside a freezer at a scrap metal warehouse

The body of Heather Anne Lacey was discovered inside a freezer at a scrap metal warehouse

The body of a Florida woman who had been missing for six years was found inside a freezer at a scrap warehouse.

The body of a woman missing for more than five years was recently discovered inside an old refrigerator at a Margate scrap metal business. She said she originally thought the body was a "witch or a mannequin".

According to a heavily redacted Margate police report, the owner of the scrap metal business made the horrifying discovery on March 15 after the refrigerator was delivered for scrap metal processing.

The report says the freezer containing Lacey's body had been in a Hollywood apartment where Jonathan Escarzaga was found dead on February 17, 2019.

The building manager hired a company to remove all of the appliances in the apartment, including an old upright freezer.

"My dad was talking to her every day until Thanksgiving", Amber Lacey, Heather's younger sister, told The Sentinel.

Warehouse owners said Friday the freezer wasn't locked.

It wasn't immediately clear if Escarzaga played a role in Lacey's death or whether the two knew each other. The medical examiner's office could not determine how Escarzaga died or what caused his death.

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