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Third suspect arrested in killing of Esmeralda Gonzalez

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — Police have arrested a third person connected to the killing of Esmeralda Gonzalez. Police issued an arrest warrant Thursday for 39-year-old Casandra Bascones. Court records show she faces multiple charges including first-degree murder and kidnapping.

She’s the latest suspect in
the case.

45-year-old Christopher Prestipino
and 31-year-old Lisa Mort were also arrested in connection to the murder. Both
appeared in court last week.

Authorities say Esmeralda Gonzalez
was missing for five months before a tip led police to her body earlier this
month. Detectives located it in the desert encased in a homemade concrete and a
wooden structure.

An arrest report revealed
the 24-year-old was a prostitute and hired by Prestipino. After using meth
together in his home, the two argued. Prestipino then strangled her after she
punched him in the face and threatened to call the police.

Investigators suspect Prestipino
held Gonzalez against her will at his home. The report reveals she died after
being injected with pool cleaner.

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