Steger resident Danielle Dennis-Towne was killed by a gunshot wound to the head, and the North Carolina man who allegedly shot her is on his way back to Kitty Hawk to face murder charges, authorities said this afternoon.
The Virginia state medical examiner used dental records to identify Dennis-Towne’s body and ruled the 18-year-old’s death a homicide, Clifton Forge, Va., Police Chief Barry Balser told the Roanoke Times. Enrico Luciano Mascaro, 19, a childhood friend whom Dennis-Towne had been visiting in Nags Head, N.C., was arrested Friday in Clifton Forge after police tracked him to a parking lot there and discovered Dennis-Towne’s body in the trunk of his car.
The arrest happened some 300 miles from Kitty Hawk, N.C., where police began a nationwide search for Mascaro after they discovered a “crime scene” that included blood and “suspicious” items near the entrance to a secluded trail in the woods in Kitty Hawk, Police Chief David Ward told the Virginian-Pilot. Mascaro’s parents reported the pair missing after they did not return home after leaving Nags Head on Thursday night.
Mascaro has waived extradition and could have an initial hearing in North Carolina as soon as Thursday, said District Attorney Frank R. Parrish.
“To my memory, and the memory of everyone, including the Kitty Hawk police chief, this is the first homicide ever in Kitty Hawk,” said Parrish, who has served as prosecutor for the seven-county area since 1994.
Kitty Hawk, whose coastal beaches were the launch site for the Wright brothers’ historic glider flights in the early 1900s, sits just 10 miles from Nags Head among the many resort communities of coastal North Carolina known as the Outer Banks.
Dennis-Towne was an honor student at south suburban Bloom Trail High School, where she also was commander of the school’s Navy Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps. She planned to begin classes at Ripon College in Wisconsin in the fall on a full scholarship, and hoped to earn a degree in civil engineering and begin a career in the military, said her grandmother Sandra Royce.Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun