The decomposing body pulled from a wooded area in Orlando is identified as missing teen Alexandria Chery, reports her uncle on social media. The body that was discovered was believed to be that of the 16-year-old girl who had gone missing, but now that her uncle has announced it via social media it appears it is official, as reported on the Sun Sentinel August 3.
Alexandra’s uncle, Ray Joseph, posted the news on Saturday evening on Instagram. “I’m sorry Orlando. Alex’s body was the body that was found. Pray for my family,” wrote Joseph. A detective called his sister, Alexanda’s mother, and broke the news to her, said Joseph.
He said his sister asked him to come home and when he did she told him the sad news. “I don’t know what to feel right now. It’s very devastating," said Joseph.
The police have not announced the body’s identification as of yet, but this news is coming from her family. Jane Watrel from the Orange County Sheriff’s Office said that the autopsy was conducted but did not offer a positive identification as of yet, but they are proceeding as if this is the body of Alexandria. More than likely they are waiting for the DNA testing to return before they make their announcement.
According to the Orlando Sentinel, Sanel Saint Simon, 43, is in Orange County Jail being held as the prime suspect in this case. Saint Simon lived with Alexandria’s mother for years and he knew the teen well. He is facing charges of providing false information to law enforcement and attempting to destroy evidence. So far no new charges have been filed against Saint Simon.
When Alexandria’s mother returned home from work on Monday, she found blood spattered in her daughter’s bedroom and she couldn’t find her daughter. She called police at about 6 p.m. on Monday. Police said that Saint Simon tried to clean up the blood with bleach. This is probably where the charges of destroying evidence stem from.
Police are seeking anyone who may have seen Saint Simon’s black Pontiac on County Road 532 between the hours of 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. Monday. They believe he may have been driving that vehicle at that time. On Monday Alexandria had stayed home for the day because she wasn’t feeling well.
It was learned that Saint Simons left his job about 9:30 a.m. on Monday without clocking out. That is the night that Alexandria’s mother returned home from work to find the splattered blood and her daughter missing. The investigation is on-going today.