The body of Alexandria Chery was "preliminarily identified," making the suspect in the disappearance of the Olympia High School student a possible felony, the Orlando Sentinel reported Monday. The hashtag “RIP Alex” became one of the top trending Twitter topics during the weekend after apparent details of the 16-year-old’s alleged slaying were revealed by Twitterati.
The New York Daily News reported Sanel Saint Simon, 43, her mother's longtime boyfriend, was arrested for being uncooperative and allegedly trying to destroy evidence. His underwear was also reportedly found under her bed. The notion of rape has been left out of most news stories covering Alexandria’s death, but a Twitter post that tells a much more gruesome and unsettling story made waves on the 140-character news site.
“Her stepfather had been raping her since the age of 5,” part of the viral Twitter post read. “Her stepfather would get Alex anything she wanted so she wouldn’t tell. Unfortunately, she got impregnated by him and he cut the fetus out [the baby] and left it in the backseat of the car, and Alex in the woods to rot.”
— Jamaican Bwoy (@DaRealDarry) August 4, 2014
There have not been any official confirmation Alexandria was raped, pregnant or that her killer cut out the baby, but the horrific story also got the attention of Facebook users, with a “RIP Alex” fan page that has more than 35,000 likes.
Alexandria was last seen July 28 when her mother Rosalie Joseph left the teen at their apartment in Orlando, Florida, to go to work. Alexandria reportedly stayed home from school that day because she did not feel well. Joseph tried to call her daughter multiple times throughout the day but her calls went unanswered.
When Joseph returned to their apartment, Alexandria was missing and her room smelled of bleach. The room was in disarray, with items missing, her bed stripped her and blood splatter on the walls, closet and dresser.
Detectives allege Saint Simon tried to clean the blood with bleach and lied to officers. He was arrested Wednesday for trying to tamper with evidence and providing false information to officers.
Prosecutors are requesting a judge increase Saint Simon's bond from $7,500 to $500,000, the Orlando Sentinel said.
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