Police reported that a Florida resident kidnapped and killed his wife, with whom they did not live together, and then told police that she was hospitalized with the coronavirus. David Anthony, 43, of Jupiter, is being held in Palm Beach County prison on charges of murder in the second degree and kidnapping in connection with the death of his 51-year-old wife Gretchen, whose body was not found.
Anthony, who was arrested in New Mexico on 31 March, is suspected of murdering his wife 10 days earlier. A few days after the alleged crime, five people received disturbing text messages that were allegedly sent by a woman on 23 and 24 March. In one message, Gretchen said that she had been “quarantined” for two weeks after exposure to COVID-19.
David Anthony told Police Detective Jupiter that Gretchen was being treated for the virus in the hospital, but hospital records said nothing about such a patient, even though her car was actually in the parking lot. A couple’s neighbor later told the police that she had heard the woman’s “chilling scream” around 21 March. Police found couples in the kitchen wearing two bottles of detergent and a rag, and towels with a “reddish substance” that looked like blood. According to investigators, the video from the house shows that Anthony was carrying an “unknown object” on his porch on March 21. The judge on Thursday refused to release on bail the suspect who was extradited to Florida.