Missing Las Vegas woman found encased in concrete could have been injected with pool cleaner, police say

Gonzalez was allegedly killed by Prestipino.
Gonzalez was allegedly killed by Prestipino. Photo credit: Find Esmeralda Gonzalez / Screenshot / Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department.

Three people have been arrested in relation to the death of a US woman found encased in concrete after allegedly being strangled and injected with pool cleaner.

The body of 24-year-old Esmeralda Gonzalez was found on October 8 in the desert near Nevada's Primm community, reports the Las Vegas Review-Journal. The outlet says court documents reveal her body was encased in a concrete and wooden structure.

On October 11, Christopher Prestipino was arrested on counts of murder, kidnapping and conspiracy to commit murder. 

Prestipino lived near Gonzalez in a Las Vegas neighbourhood. She went missing on May 31 and it's alleged the man lured the woman to his home, gave her meth, and tied her up after she threatened to call the police. 

Police came to learn about Prestipino after an anonymous tip. The tipster said Gonzalez was strangled and injected with a "pool cleaner" after she punched the man, the Las Vegas Sun reports.

The outlet says that cellphone GPS data from early June places Prestipino near the area where Gonzalez's body was found.

His girlfriend, Lisa Mort, is accused of harbouring, hiding or helping a felony offender, while on Friday (local time), a third suspect, Casandra Bascones, was also arrested on suspicion of murder, kidnapping and conspiracy to commit murder. 

According to the Las Vegas Review-Journal, Gonzalez worked in the adult entertainment industry. NBC says Gonzalez was a prostitute hired by Prestipino and Bascones. 

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