Missing teen was visiting family of murder suspect
Nags Head Police Chief Kevin Brinkley said Monday that Danielle Dennis-Towne of Steger, Ill. had been staying with the family of Enrico Mascaro in Nags Head for about two weeks when both were reported missing Friday morning.
He described the two as acquaintances.
Mascaro’s family, who moved to the Outer Banks from the Chicago area several years ago, became concerned when the pair did not return Thursday night, Brinkley said. He said Mascaro’s parents thought it was unusual that they did not come home.
The two were last seen at 9:40 p.m. Thursday, according to the missing persons report, which was filed at about noon Friday.
Police got involved after items discovered in a wooded area of Kitty Hawk “led us to believe that we needed to find them,” Brinkley said. The items were not found by police, he said, but provided no other details about them.
A bulletin to be on the lookout for the pair was issued Friday. Mascaro was arrested that night on a fugitive from justice warrant in Clifton Forge, Va., and the body of a woman was found in the trunk of a Mustang he reportedly had been driving.
Mascaro has waived extradition and faces a murder charge when he returns to the Outer Banks.
Online records show that Towne, 18, was a 2011 honor graduate of Bloom Trail High School in Chicago Heights, Ill., and was a member of the JROTC.
Brinkley said that Mascaro, 19, was attending College of The Albemarle and apparently had a summer job.
Clifton Forge Police Chief Barry Balser said the state medical examiner used dental records to identify Dennis-Towne and ruled the cause of death as a gunshot wound to the head, Roanoke.com, the Roanoke Times’ website, reported Wednesday.
Roanoke.com earlier reported that cell phone tracking led local police to the suspect about 9:30 p.m. Friday after an alert was sent out by Kitty Hawk police.
The car was found parked in Clifton Forge and a police officer staked it out, Roanoke.com reported. When a man approached the car, he was arrested, according to the website.
Roanoke.com said that police returned with a search warrant and found the woman’s body.
Police are still investigating the case.
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