A Broward County man who reported his wife missing last month has been charged with murder in her murder, authorities said.
Ernest Gordon, 44, was arrested Friday on charges of second-degree murder in the death of Wanda Gordon, 42, Broward Sheriff’s Office officials said Tuesday.
Officials say Wanda Gordon was dead when her husband reported her missing on November 7, but missing persons detectives spent more than two weeks searching for her until the case was turned over to the police. homicide detectives know of her fate, officials said.
Investigators discovered the couple and their three children were at Fort Lauderdale Beach and returned to their home on NW 8th Street in unincorporated Broward around 1 a.m. on November 5.
Using Wanda Gordon’s phone records, detectives learned that her cell phone left their home around 4 a.m. and headed west to a rural area near US 27 at Broward Street- Palm Beach County, where it remained until 4:50 a.m.
Detectives also discovered that Ernest Gordon was in the area and encountered an employee of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.
FWC officials, who were on duty detailing security at a construction site, stopped Gordon, who had a garbage bag in the back of his pickup truck, officials said.
Officials told Gordon that sometimes people come to the site and empty the trash, then let him go after warning him about illegal dumping, but not before he took pictures of the trash bags. in the back of the truck, officials said.
Phone data shows that after the encounter with the FWC officer, Ernest Gordon drove to a wooded area in Tamarac, officials said.
On December 2 and 3, investigators searched the wooded area and were able to find Wanda Gordon’s phone and discovered a skeleton and some pieces of clothing, officials said. .
After Gordon was arrested at his girlfriend’s home, he denied any involvement in his wife’s disappearance and death, officials said.
Gordon was taken to jail, where he was held without bail on Wednesday, records show. Attorney information is not available.
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