GUILTY FL - Natalie Belmonte, 43, Pembroke Pines, 16 July 2011

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  1. KaylynnCouture

    KaylynnCouture New Member

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    Police continued searching waterways and wetlands near the home of a missing Pembroke Pines real estate agent Tuesday after finding evidence that they say suggests foul play.

    43-year-old Natalie Belmonte, a mother of three, was last seen returning home after a party around 2:30 am Sunday. Her 22-year-old son reportedly told police she was gone when he woke up later that morning. Investigators say the son has been cooperating with them.


    “He is also the last person to see her, so we are interested in speaking with him some more,” Pembroke Pines Police Capt. Dan Rakofsky said at a news conference Tuesday. He would not disclose anything Belmonte’s son has told them so far.

    Rakofsky called the disappearance “suspicious,” adding that evidence discovered in an area dumpster Monday led police to believe foul play had occurred.

    Asked about reports that those articles included bloody sheets, Rakofsky refused to identify any of the items taken from the dumpster. He also declined to comment on whether any relevant surveillance video from the Belmonte home exists.

    Though police were searching “by land, air and water” Tuesday, Rakofsky said that they had received no specific leads indicating Belmonte may be in a waterway.

    According to Rakofsky, police were still “meticulously” searching the house and treating it as a possible crime scene. Investigators are also interviewing Belmonte’s relatives and friends, “especially those who saw her immediately prior to her suspicious disappearance.”

    Snipped from: http://nancygrace.blogs.cnn.com/201...s-foul-play-in-florida-woman’s-disappearance/
     
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    http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-504083_162-20080801-504083.html

    Quintana said the night before she disappeared, Belmonte and her 22-year-old son had gone to a party together.

    When they came home, she went to bed but when the son woke up, she wasn't there. When he couldn't find her, he called police, according to the neighbor.

    Police said there were no signs of forced entry into her home and her cell phone, purse, personal belongings and vehicle were found at the home.
     
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    http://www.orlandosentinel.com/news/local/fl-pines-suspicious-folo-20110719,0,5671838.story

    A home surveillance video recorded on the morning a real estate agent went missing shows someone carrying a large object out of the woman's house and then returning to the home minutes later, several sources close to the investigation said.

    The timing of the events in the video is why authorities have centered their search for clues in the disappearance of Natalie Belmonte, 43, around the western Pembroke Pines area. Investigators theorize that the person on the video may have been trying to get rid of evidence, and since that person returned to the home minutes later, they could not have driven very far, the sources said

    Police found some evidence related to Belmonte's disappearance inside a trash bin behind the Publix supermarket at 19400 Sheridan St., Rakofsky said.

    He declined to identify exactly what was found.

    Investigators also are trying to gather information on a maroon Lexus ES 350 sedan that was spotted on 196th Avenue and near the supermarket between 5:15 a.m. and 6:45 a.m. Sunday.

    Belmonte owns a car of the same color, make and model
     
  5. Peliman

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    Rakofsky confirmed reports that in 2008, Natalie Belmonte accused G of stealing jewelry from her that was worth as much as $20,000. She pressed charges against her adopted son, and a hearing in the ensuing felony grand theft case is scheduled for this upcoming Sept. 15.

    The jewelry dispute did not appear to be connected to the possible homicide, police said Tuesday night.


    Read more: http://www.miamiherald.com/2011/07/...-homicide-in-disappearance.html#ixzz1Sc8kmK9g
     
  6. SheWhoMustNotBeNamed

    SheWhoMustNotBeNamed Former Member

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    Interesting.

    They don't say that the video shows someone coming to the home, and then leaving. It shows someone already in the home leaving, and then coming back. Very few reasons that would happen...
     
  7. scorekeeper

    scorekeeper New Member

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    That doesn't sound good.........also they are now calling it a homicide...and she wasn't reported missing until 7 pm


    After finding suspicious items in a trash bin, authorities are now calling the disappearance of a Pembroke Pines Realtor a likely homicide.

    Belmonte, 43, had attended a party the night before, along with her adopted son Gerard Belmonte. He said they came home around 2:30 a.m. Sunday.

    When he woke up later that day, his mother was gone. He reported her disappearance to Pembroke Pines Police about 7 p.m


    Read more: http://www.miamiherald.com/2011/07/...-homicide-in-disappearance.html#ixzz1ScDXwcWO
     
  8. Peliman

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    Also they're seeking anyone who saw her car near publix on Sheridan St early in the morning. Her car was found at home.
     
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    http://www.nbcmiami.com/news/local/125881738.html

    Police say they're shifting their investigation of a Pembroke Pines woman's disappearance from a missing person search to a possible homicide

    Pembroke Pines Police, joined by Miramar Police, the Broward Sheriff's Office and members of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission spent most of Monday and Tuesday searching for Belmonte, focusing their search on an area on Pines Boulevard west of I-75.
     
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    Police located the body in a wooded and marshy area near Northwest 196th Avenue and Taft Street Wednesday morning, according to Pembroke Pines Police Captain Dan Rakofsky.

    Rakofsky said police believe it may be the body of Natalie Anne Belmonte, 43, who police have been searching for for the past three days.

    NOOOOOOOOOOOO, I was so hoping for a happy ending.....all her neighbors and friends said she was a great lady.......My prayers......
     
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    How terribly sad! These things are happening so much in recent years. I just don't understand it. What could be causing people to do such horrible things? It sure looks like the adopted son killed his mother. But why? To avoid the court date for his stealing her jewelry? And why did he do that? Did he need drug money or something? I read that he had committed some previous relatively small crimes also. Is this how he rewards his aunt-become-mother for adopting him and caring for him when his father died? I feel so bad for her other children and all those who loved her.
     
  15. deelytful1

    deelytful1 *~a mere mortal~*

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    In my humblest of opinions, I just feel like alcohol and drugs have a BIG part in these kind of homicides. Younger people are so affected. The reports say they had just come from a party together (drinking?) and who knows what transpired afterwards... We shall see
     
  16. Leomoon80

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    snipped:
    http://www.nbcmiami.com/news/local/Body-Believed-to-Be-Missing-Woman-Found-125894383.html


    Looks like her Adopted son was also her Nephew before her brother died:

    http://missingpersonsblog.blogspot.com/

     
  17. deelytful1

    deelytful1 *~a mere mortal~*

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    Just after 4 p.m., Wednesday, police could be seen placing 21-year-old Gerard "Gery" Belmonte into handcuffs in front of the home he shared with his adoptive mother, 43-year-old Natalie Belmonte. Pembroke Pines Police have confirmed he was detained in relation to the murder of Belmonte but stopped short of calling him a suspect in her murder.
    Read more: http://www.wsvn.com/news/articles/local/21004889201833/#ixzz1SgNoKMyQ

    Go figure :(
     
  18. Peliman

    Peliman New Member

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    Quoting myself here, I'm not sure if the article above is incorrect or if this is another arrest, charges were grand theft. Haven't heard about this one. Recent date on this one. This is the same person right?

    http://www.jailbase.com/en/arrested/fl-bso/2011-06-11/gerard-belmonte-801101166

    http://www.jailbase.com/en/event-so...d/fl-bso/2011-06-11/gerard-belmonte-801101166

    BELMONTE, GERARD

    INMATE INFORMATION

    Arrest Number: 801101166

    Arrest Date: 06/11/2011
    Race: W
    Sex: M

    CAPIAS - FEL

    Charge Comment:

    GRAND THEFT

    Charge Status:

    PENDING TRIAL
    ___________________________________

    Answering myself again, he had just been bonded out 3 days prior to Natalies murder.


    This adopted son has been in trouble with the law before. Back in 2008, he was charged with grand theft for stealing $20,000 worth of jewelry from his mother's jewelry box. Back then, the mother wanted to prosecute him for the crime. He was 17 and weeks away from his 18th birthday. For some reason, the juvenile case was dropped but the charges held as an adult case. The public defender's office reported he was not aware of this adult charge and went on with his life.

    Then in 2011, he found out there was a warrant out for his arrest for this alleged crime, and he turned himself in on June 11. On July 13 the son had a bond hearing. His mother was there where she expressed her desire to see the charges dropped and get his bond reduced. His bond was set at $1,000, and he bonded out the next morning, three days before she went missing. The grand theft case remains pending.


    Read more: http://www.wsvn.com/news/articles/local/21004889201833/#ixzz1SggC5ZUn
     
  19. Hoodie

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    She tried to help ease someone's life and this is how he chooses to behave? My thoughts go out to her other children. Thank goodness they are putting the pieces of evidence together. These young adults who choose killing over solving and facing their issues-well, it speaks horribly of the younger generations.
     
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    daisy7 Retired WS Staff

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    Even after her son confessed to stealing thousands of dollars in jewelry from her, Natalie Anne Belmonte told a judge he deserved a second chance.

    One week after his mother came to his defense, Gerard Belmonte Lopes, 21, is charged in her brutal slaying.

    The body of the prominent Pembroke Pines Realtor was pulled from a marsh less than a mile from her home Wednesday morning, three days after Gerard Belmonte reported her disappearance.

    Saying there were “visible signs of trauma” on Belmonte’s body, police charged Gerard Belmonte with first-degree murder, but would not elaborate on how they connected him to his mother’s killing.

    Read more: http://www.miamiherald.com/2011/07/20/2322692/pembroke-pines-police-think-theyve.html#ixzz1SjyGEfVq
     
  21. deelytful1

    deelytful1 *~a mere mortal~*

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    Cops: Son Caught on Tape Removing Mom's Body

    http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/43842575

    "A neighbor claims that you came over to the neighbor's house several times asking about a security camera, whether or not a security camera had picked up any evidence of what had happened to your mother," said Judge John Hurley, reading the affidavit in court. "The neighbor claims you came over four times, the neighbor said they were very suspicious of you."
     

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