Tracking cell phone usage helped lead the Clifton Forge Police Department about 9:30 p.m. Friday night to a 19-year-old man now charged with murder in North Carolina and to a woman’s body in a parked car’s trunk.
Police Chief Barry Balser said Saturday that the department received a be-on-the-lookout teletype around 4 p.m. Friday from the police department in Kitty Hawk. The alert cited a car, a 1996 Ford Mustang, a temporary tag number and described a man the North Carolina authorities said was a person of interest in a homicide case, he said.
Balser said a follow-up alert received around 8 p.m. reported that the suspect’s cell phone had twice “pinged” towers and showed the caller’s location as Clifton Forge.
“Officers went out looking for the vehicle,” Balser said. “One officer went up Commercial and saw the car parked at the corner of Commercial and Church.”
The officer verified the tag number. No one was in sight. Balser said the officer was directed to keep watch on the car and that about an hour later, around 9:30 p.m., the officer spotted a man returning to the Mustang. Police moved in and handcuffed the suspect, identified as Enrico Luciano Mascaro, whom police believe is originally from Chicago.
Around 10 p.m. police returned to the vehicle with a search warrant and found a woman dead in the vehicle’s trunk. Balser said her body has gone to the state medical examiner’s officer to determine cause of death. Her name has not been released, he said.
The man is being held in Alleghany County Regional Jail for North Carolina as a fugitive from justice, Balser said.
A call to the police department in Nags Head for additional information has not yet been returned.
— Duncan Adams | The Roanoke Times