Pennsylvania officials said Wednesday that a nurse trying to buy a refrigerator for her boyfriend was killed by a man she met on Facebook Marketplace.
Dennis Williams, who worked at the Konemau Memorial Medical Center, died as a result of “massive blood loss to her body due to multiple puncture wounds,” Cambria county coroner Jeff Leeds said at a news conference. Livestreaming by WJAC..
“She fought hard. This was the violent death she suffered,” Lee said.
The suspect in the case, 26-year-old Joshua Gorgon, was arrested on Tuesday, the same day as the murder, said district attorney Greg Neugebauer. He was charged with criminal murder and aggravated assault of two serious crimes.
According to Neugebauer, Williams’ family helped police officers find her body by providing information from her Facebook account.
Her account showed that she was communicating with Gorgone via the Facebook Marketplace and going to his house to see the fridge as a gift for her boyfriend.
Williams, 54, was found dead in a seller’s house in Geistown, about 70 miles east of Pittsburgh.
“They really showed their awareness of the victims. Something was wrong,” the district attorney said of the family. “She didn’t contact them, she didn’t contact them. It was strange. They were very willing to contact the police and find their loved ones themselves. . “
Police did not provide a motive for the killing. Williams and Gorgon did not seem to have had a previous relationship before they met, Neugebauer said.
“It was a tough scene and a tough call for police officers,” said Nicholas Saxia, chief of the Geistown Autonomous Region Police Department.
“Geistown is like a family, and when you lose someone like this, and there are examples of this nature, it’s a shock to all of us,” Zaxia said.
Authorities have provided tips on how to meet online sellers safely.
“Be careful when buying something or meeting someone over the internet,” says Neugebauer. “Don’t go alone. Don’t invite someone to your house alone to see anything. Always take someone or meet in a public or bright place if possible. . “