Missing Fla. Woman’s Body Found; Man Confesses to Murder

August 6, 2017 12:48 pm Last Updated: August 6, 2017 2:53 pm

Police say they’ve arrested a suspect while searching for a Florida woman who went missing Wednesday.

The Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office, in a tweet, stated that Lee Rodarte, 28, a manager at the Bonefish Grill—where missing woman Savannah Gold worked—was arrested for her murder.

“Suspect Rodarte admitted to being in the Bonefish Grill parking lot with her, killing her, and disposing of her body,” the sheriff’s office tweeted.

“Suspect Rodarte led [the police] to the remains that were located late Saturday night,” it continued. Police said they believe that the remains are of Gold, but they still need to await an autopsy.

“The suspect and Savannah had an off and on boyfriend/girlfriend relationship,” police said.

They also tweeted an image of Rodarte.

According to Jacksonville.com, the suspect is accused of killing Gold inside his car in a parking lot of the shopping center that includes the restaurant.

Surveillance footage showed Gold parking next to Rodarte’s car on Wednesday evening before getting inside the passenger side of the vehicle, according to the report, adding that the video then showed an apparent struggle in the vehicle.

Some time later, Rodarte is seen leaving his car before checking on Gold’s car. At no time was Gold seen getting out of his car.

Friends and family then began a search for the woman a short time later after she didn’t show up for work.

Family members then said they got text messages from Gold’s cell phone, saying that she met a really great guy and they were running away together, the report stated.

Her car was discovered in the parking lot, unlocked, and with her purse inside.

When detectives later interviewed Rodarte, he incriminated himself. Later, he led them to the woods and to remains that are believed to belong to Gold.

He’s being held without bail on Sunday.