A Florida mother is dead in what investigators describe as a tragic case of mistaken identity by a hitman.
According to Fox News, the body of 42-year-old Janice Zengotita-Torres was found in Volusia County on Tuesday. Officials believe she was beaten and suffocated.
Several days later, three individuals were arrested in connection with the homicide, and additional shocking allegations have emerged regarding the motive and failed execution of the crime.
According to local authorities, 35-year-old Ishnar Lopez-Ramos hired Alexis Ramos-Rivera and Glorianmarie Quinones Montes, both 22, to kill a coworker who was dating her former partner.
Reports indicate that the intended target of the alleged plot was not injured, however, as the couple she hired identified the wrong woman.
Investigators believe Zengotita-Torres, the married mother of a 14-year-old boy, was kidnapped and killed instead of the intended victim.
Ramos-Rivera and Montes allegedly abducted the victim as she left work, according to Osceola County Sheriff Russ Gibson. At some point during the kidnapping, he said the suspects realized they had the wrong woman, opting to nevertheless go through with the homicide.
As WFTV reported, Gibson told reporters that all three suspects “confirmed that this was a murder-for-hire and that the victim was mistakenly targeted and murdered.”
Zengotita-Torres was allegedly tied and beaten unconscious before the suspects transported her in their vehicle to Volusia County. Investigators reportedly honed in on the trio after Lopez-Ramos used the victim’s debit card.
They have each been jailed and are facing charges of murder.
[Glorianmarie Quinones Montes, Alexis Ramos-Rivera, and Ishnar Lopez-Ramos/Osceola County Sheriff’s Office]