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Florida man accused of faking COVID after wife’s disappearance charged with her murder

Florida man accused of faking COVID after wife’s disappearance charged with her murder
A Florida man who tried to throw authorities with a phony COVID diagnosis has been arrested for murdering his wife.

xml:space="preserve"> xml:space="preserve"> A Florida man charged with killing his estranged wife — whose disappearance he tried to cover up by claiming she had COVID-19 — has led cops to her body as part of a plea deal with prosecutors (Isabel Slepoy / New York Daily News) A Florida man who tried to throw authorities with a phony COVID diagnosis has been arrested for murdering his wife.According to an arrest report obtained by WPTV, they were were received by at least five people, In the messages, the person pretending to be Gretchen claimed to have an “acute case” of COVID-19 and, after being checked out at Jupiter Medical Center, had checked in to a “CDC-approved task force.Authorities later located Gretchen’s abandoned Mini Cooper in the parking lot of the medical center, and surveillance video revealed that David was the one who parked it there.He pleaded guilty the same day to second-degree murder and kidnapping in the March disappearance of his 51-year-old wife as part of plea deal and will serve 38 years in prison.

They later received “suspicious” text messages from a person alleging to be Gretchen on March 23 and 24.Earlier this year, security-camera footage from Gretchen’s residence captured a man on her home’s porch as the victim stepped outside.

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