David Anthony, the Jupiter man charged in the murder of his estranged wife, has been returned from New Mexico. He allegedly sent text messages from his wife’s phone as if he were her telling people that she had COVID-19.
David Anthony, the Jupiter man who allegedly sent texts from his estranged wife’s phone claiming she had COVID-19 to cover up her disappearance, has been returned from New Mexico.
Anthony, 43, has been charged in her murder, which occured in late March in Abacoa’s Mallory Creek community.
Anthony was booked early Thursday at the Palm Beach County Jail and was set to appear before a judge Thursday morning.
He’s charged with second-degree murder and kidnapping in the death of Gretchen Anthony, 51, who has been missing since March 20.
Authorities have provided some details on the woman’s disappearance and say they have evidence Anthony killed her but have not said how. An arrest report was posted in court dockets but wasn’t immediately made public Thursday morning.
On May 7, Anthony waived extradition from Las Cruces, N.M., where he has been held since March 31. Because of the coronavirus, and because Anthony’s 6-foot-7-inch build limits accommodations, authorities had said it might be the end of May before he was back in South Florida.
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Early on March 21, Jupiter police have said, neighbors heard a “blood-curdling scream” from Anthony’s home on Sunshine Drive in Abacoa’s Mallory Creek community.
Anthony allegedly sent text messages from Gretchen’s smartphone as if he were her telling people that she had COVID-19 and was being transported from Jupiter Medical Center to “a CDC approved task force in Belle Glade” that turned to be bogus.
Authorities later tracked her phone to Pensacola, where Anthony tried to sell a bag of woman’s jewelry, and to Texas before arresting him in New Mexico.
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Warrants show Jupiter police repeatedly searched Gretchen Anthony’s home in Mallory Creek. On March 27, they took bloodied sheets both from the master bedroom and a child’s room, towels from the washing machine and cleaning products from the kitchen.
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They were back three days later and took a hammer, a paint brush and a strip of duct tape from the garage, records show.
Police have not specified how they suspect Anthony killed his estranged wife.
Court records show the couple married in March 2015 in Nevada. On Feb. 28, the couple submitted a petition for divorce that both of them signed in mid-January and that remains before the courts.
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