Natalie Belmonte, 43, was a Florida woman who was raped and killed by her adopted son, Gerard Lopes-Belmonte, according to CBS News. The case broke in 2011 when Natalie Belmonte went missing after she was seen at a party with Gerard Belmonte, 21. The Pembroke Pines mother, who worked as a real estate agent, was missing for several days before police discovered her body in a heavily wooded area. Police arrested Gerard Belmonte after a preliminary investigation led them to the adopted son. He is currently on trial for the murder of his adoptive mother.
Natalie Belmonte Timeline
Sunday, July 17: Natalie Belmonte attends a party. She is seen with her adopted son, Gerard Lopes-Belmonte. A short time later, she vanishes.
Monday, July 18: Gerard files a missing persons report with the local police. He tells police that he last saw his mother the night before. Police begin the search for the missing woman but list the disappearance as suspicious.
Tuesday, July 19: Police find items that belong to the victim, Natalie Belmonte, in a trash bin. They inform the public that her disappearance is most likely the result of foul play.
Wednesday, July 20: Police find the body of a woman in what is described as a marshy wetland, according to McClatchy-Tribune Regional News. Police suspect that the body belongs to the missing woman, Natalie Anne Belmonte.
Her adopted son, Gerard is arrested for murder. A neighbor's video security system captured a man, who fit the description of Gerard Lopes-Belmonte, loading the body of his adoptive mother in the car. The son is later seen speeding away in his mother's Lexus.
An investigation into Natalie's death reveals a finding of seminal fluid inside the body. There is no evidence that Natalie Belmonte had a sexual relationship with her adopted son. The findings most likely indicate that a rape occurred.
September: Gerard Lopes-Belmonte is on trial for the murder of Pembroke Pines mother Natalie Belmonte.