Missing Teen Alexandria Chery's Body Found
The body of Alexandria Chery, the missing Orange County, Fla., teen, was found last week and identified via an autopsy over the weekend.
Alexandra Chery's Body Found
Chery’s body was discovered near the Osceola and Polk county lines, her uncle Ray Joseph told the Orlando Sun Sentinel.
Chery was reported missing last Monday after her mother returned home from work to find her gone and her room stripped bare. There was blood in Chery’s bedroom as well as bleach-soaked men’s underwear.
Two days after Chery was reported missing, her mother’s longtime live-in boyfriend Sanel Saint Simon was arrested in connection to her disappearance. Orange County deputies charged him with providing false information to police and attempting to destroy evidence. At the time, law enforcement could not be certain whether or not they were looking at a homicide investigation.
“He's been untruthful about much of what he's said at this point," Orange County Sheriff Jerry Demings told the New York Daily News. "Usually when people use bleach they're trying to clean up something and certainly that is the case here."
A fundraiser was held at a Carver Shores park Sunday afternoon where guests were asked to donate money towards Chery’s funeral. Among the estimated 60 people in attendance was organizer Rev. Pam Wilcox. “We realize Alex is in a better place,” Wilcox said at the somber event, according to the Sun Sentinel. “But we must never erase the memories of that beautiful smile.”