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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  • by Indiana Location: Indiana on Aug 9, 2011 at 04:48 AM
    Chicagoan...I think if you have an 18 year old daughter she should go for a walk with Enrico in the woods with a loaded stolen gun..She was shot in the back of the head..more than it didn't go off accidentally. The ticket was sent to her by his parents..he must have begged them so he could do this..premeditated..Thank God N.C. has the death penalty..You trash Danielle and then tell us to leave it alone....I think you are the ignorant one...
  • by Chicagoan Location: south suburbs on Jul 20, 2011 at 02:14 AM
    #1 u dont have all of the facts, #2 the two were friends since they were little and the young man has never been in trouble and this would be totally out of character for him, he's a good kid. # 3 they still have not identified the body, how do u know its even her, #4 u prejudice idiots, he is an American citizen and born here and happens to be half white also, #5 innocent until proven guilty, #6 you should never go by what the media states because they only need a fraction of the story to print it, #7 what makes you think you are better in North Carolina than anyone from Chicago or anywhere else, he use to live in the suburbs, not in the city, like that really matters at all, he comes from a good family, he has lived there near KittyHawk for over 5 years, maybe North Carolina people he was friends with influenced him if u want to talk that trash, #8 if she was so in love with her boyfriend, why did she lie to him and go visit her good friend. Until you have walked a mile in someone else's shoes, do not judge them. Whatever happened has affected two families for the rest of their lives and they loved them both. Let he without sin cast the first stone. You do not know what really happened, there may have also been someone else involved? Until you have all of the facts, leave it alone. Both families are grieving and do not need any stupid comments from others who do not know what they are talking about.
  • by disgusted Location: NC on Jul 19, 2011 at 03:35 PM
    U ALL R assuming that the woman is the girl with him. where did U get this info? It is not in the story. it says that police have NOT isentified the body. Most likely IS her, but they haven't given out that info.
  • by Tracey Location: Richmond on Jul 18, 2011 at 01:55 PM
    Thoughts and prayers go out to the family. Nobody should ever have to bury a 18 year old child. We were in Nags Head last week with our 18 and 16 year olds. Be safe and be smart.
  • by Anonymous on Jul 18, 2011 at 01:04 PM
    Casey Anthony's lawers are available.
  • by Sam Location: Kitty Hawk on Jul 18, 2011 at 06:48 AM
    I hope this scumbag rots in hell. He's just another piece of typical Illinois trash that we never want down here at the beach again. I can't stand most of the northern transplants who come down here, well to any of NC to begin with.
  • by a friend on Jul 17, 2011 at 12:16 PM
    its sad i attended bloom trail with her and i remeber having honors history with her freshman year and we just graduated. i never really talk to her bt I REMEBER HER ELECTRIIC BLONDE SHORT CUT WITH THAT PRETTY SMILE AND HER BOLD ATTITUDE i kno how much she meant to many ppl espescially ROTC AND IT ISNT FAIR HW SHE WAS TAKEN AWAY FROM HER LOVE ONES LIKE THAT I PRAY FOR HER FAMILY AND HOPE THEY GET THRU THIS. SHE WILL TRULY BE MISSED
  • by Anonymous Location: illinois on Jul 17, 2011 at 11:45 AM
    no matter where he originates he is a SELFISH THIEF he stole the life of a precious gift he stole her future he stole my daughters best friend!! the pain is immense!The loss is too much...and he has proved why she rejected him despite knowing she had a boyfriend.May he live each day til death with nightmares...may he and his soul be torchered forever
  • by LMAO on Jul 17, 2011 at 11:23 AM
    Pro-ice...what does your comment have anything to do with this story??? I think it said the man was from that a new country that people are entering the US illegally from.
  • by Anonymous on Jul 17, 2011 at 11:05 AM
    Obama should resign and go back to chicago and be his lawyer.We all know he would set him free and make him legal.
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