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Mom’s boyfriend accused of kidnapping/killing her 16-year old daughter

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Screen Shot 2014-08-05 at 10.26.37 PMReported by Liku Zelleke

The Orange County Sheriff’s Office has announced an arrest following an investigation into the case of Alexandria Cherry, a 16-year-old girl, who has been missing in the county since last week.

The suspect is Sanel Saint Simon, a longtime boyfriend of the missing girl’s mother. The 43-year-old has been put under custody following charges of providing false information to a law enforcement officer and the attempted destruction of evidence.

In Simon’s arrest affidavit, he has been accused of cleaning blood splatter in the girl’s home and also lying to detectives about his whereabouts on the day of her disappearance. At the time, he had said that he had been at Boston Market, where he worked, all of the day. When his employers managed to prove that he had in fact left at 09:30 a.m. on that particular Monday (without bothering to clock out), Simon recanted his story and admitted that he had left work early but said that he had spent the day in a plaza located nearby.

Deputies also said that Simon was the only person inside the apartment when it is thought that blood splatter in Chery’s room, the hallway and bathroom was cleaned up.

At 07:00 a.m. on the day of her disappearance Chery had told her mother, Rosalie Joseph, that she wasn’t feeling well and that she would be staying home. When Joseph tried on several occasions to contact her daughter she said she couldn’t reach her and that she eventually contacted the police.

When she got home at 06:00 p.m., Joseph said that she found her daughter’s room looking completely different from when she had last seen it. Almost all of her daughter’s belongings were gone and her bed, which is usually made, had been stripped. She also said that she found a pair of men’s underwear under her daughter’s bed where she added she detected an odor that indicated bleach might have been used.

Orange County Sheriff Jerry Demings said in a news conference, “We could be looking at a homicide. That’s not what we are saying… that’s the worst case scenario.”

Deputies are asking anyone who has information regarding the case to contact them. They also said that Simon was driving a black Pontiac and are asking anyone who may have seen the vehicle in their neighborhood to come forward.