Suspect's Parents Treated Murder Victim "Like A Daughter"

By: April Davis
By: April Davis

The parents of a North Carolina man accused of killing an Illinois woman and taking her body to Virginia say they are grieving the loss of the 18-year-old victim and cannot speculate on the circumstances of her death.

John Mascaro said Thursday that he and his wife, Sylvia Mascaro, considered the victim "like a daughter."

Mascaro's son, 19-year-old Enrico Luciano Mascaro, was charged in the death of Danielle Dennis-Towne after her body was found in his trunk July 15.

The Mascaro's issued the statement offering condolences to Dennis-Towne's family, who they describe as family friends.

John Mascaro had reported the two young people missing from the Mascaro's Nags Head home.

Authorities say Dennis-Towne died of a gunshot wound to the head.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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Police say a woman found dead in the trunk of a North Carolina man's car was an 18-year-old friend who was reported missing with him.

Clifton Forge Police Chief Barry Balser says 18-year-old Danielle Dennis-Towne of Illinois died of a gunshot wound to the head. Balser told The Roanoke Times Wednesday that the medical examiner's office identified Dennis-Towne from dental records.

Nineteen-year-old Enrico Luciano Mascaro of Nags Head waived extradition during a brief court appearance on Tuesday. He will return to North Carolina to face a murder charge.

Police issued a nationwide alert for the pair after Mascaro's family reported them missing on Friday and police found a suspicious scene near his Outer Banks home. Mascaro was arrested that night in Clifton Forge with Dennis-Towne's body in his trunk.

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A North Carolina man will return to the Outer Banks to face charges he killed a woman whose body was found in his trunk in Virginia.

Alleghany County Deputy Court Clerk Tina Dressler said 19-year-old Enrico Luciano Mascaro of Nags Head, N.C., waived extradition during a brief court appearance on Tuesday. Mascaro was scheduled to appear at 2 p.m., but his hearing was moved up in the day.

Authorities have yet to identify the woman whose body was found in Mascaro's trunk on Friday. A nationwide alert was issued Friday for Mascaro and 18-year-old Danielle Dennis-Towne of Steger, Ill., who was visiting Mascaro's family.

The two were reported missing by Mascaro's family, who had last seen the pair Thursday.

Mascaro's attorney did not immediately return a call seeking comment.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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A man from Nags Head is in a Virginia jail on charges he murdered a woman- who was found in his car trunk last night according to police.

Barry Balser, the police chief in Clifton Forge, Virginia, where the car was stopped says police in North Carolina said to be on the lookout for a 1996 Ford Mustang. They were able to track the car to Clifton Forge using cell phone towers. Chief Balser says after detaining the driver of the Mustang, 19 year-old Enrico Mascaro, they discovered a woman's body in the trunk. The woman's name has not been released, but Nags Head police say the search for Mascaro started when he was reported missing along with an 18-year-old woman from Illinois, Danielle Dennis-Towne.

Police say Mascaro is from Chicago and they believe he was headed there from the outer banks where he most recently lived for about a year.

North Carolina investigators are in Virginia along with the FBI. Mascaro is being held at the Alleghany County Jail charged with murder.

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