Instagram model Esmeralda Gonzalez vanished in late May, according to police. Gonzalez had more than 300,000 followers on Instagram and lived about one-tenth of a mile from Prestipino. Her brother reported her missing May 31 after he had not seen her for a week, and after he found the lights inside her home still on with the front door unlocked. “The house appeared ransacked,” Weckerly wrote. Gonzalez suffered from mental illness and did not have her cellphone or key fob with her. Neighbors had reported seeing her walking around her community in high heels and lingerie, asking for a ride, the document states. A day earlier, a neighbor had driven her to a BMW dealership, where video surveillance showed that she was wearing the same outfit. In the pre-dawn hours of May 31, she was captured on residential surveillance video trying to open the door to a home in the 9000 block of West Torino Avenue, less than two-tenths of a mile from Prestipino’s home in Las Vegas, Nevada. “Esmeralda ended up at Christopher’s house, and he ended up getting her high on methamphetamine,” the witness told police. “Christopher was not aware of Esmeralda’s mental problems, and she started acting bizarre and speaking in the devil’s tongue.” The prosecutor wrote that Gonzalez was at Prestipino’s residence at 9051 Iron Cactus Ave. and was “left tied up to a bedpost for an extended period of time” before she was killed. She had threatened to call police on Prestipino because of the drugs he had given her. He untied her, and she punched him in the face, according to the document. That’s when he tried to strangle her. “He thought she was dead, but she woke up,” the document states. Investigators believe Gonzalez was injected with pool cleaner which caused her death. In early June, Prestipino called a family friend “because he needed help” moving a wooden box full of concrete into a U-Haul truck, according to the document. “Chris was acting strange, and turned the radio up loud because he thought the FBI was listening,” the document states. They tried unsuccessfully for hours to move the box, using a pallet jack and a cable puller, according to the document. “Chris had taken a week off of work to deal with the situation and stated he was going to call someone from New York to help clean it up,” the document states. There is no indication that authorities know how the concrete and wooden structure and body were transported to the desert, where they were found on Oct. 8. Cassandra Garrett and Lisa Mort have also been charged in connection with this crime.
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