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Third arrest made in case of model encased in concrete

Cassandra Winn booking photo
Posted at 12:59 PM, Oct 19, 2019
and last updated 2019-10-20 21:35:44-04

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Police have arrested who they believe to be a third suspect in the killing of a woman who was found encased in concrete in the desert.

Police issued an arrest warrant Thursday for 39-year-old Casandra Bascones, who faces multiple charges including first-degree murder and kidnapping.

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She is being held under her alias, Cassandra Winn, and was arrested by officials in Milwaukee.

She is being held in a Milwaukee County jail awaiting extradition.

Authorities say 24-year-old model Esmeralda Gonzalez was missing for five months before her body was found Oct. 8 encased in a homemade concrete and wooden structure.

Investigators say they believe Gonzalez was held against her will in 45-year-old Christopher Prestipino's home. Investigators say an anonymous tip led police to him.

Police also arrested his 31-year-old girlfriend Lisa Mort suspected of harboring, hiding or helping a felony offender.

Neither Prestipino or Mort had a listed attorney to comment on their behalf.