LUTZ, Fla. — Pasco County Sheriff's deputies say a missing elderly woman's grandson has been charged with her murder after her body was found inside the trunk of her Honda Odyssey minivan, which was parked outside her home.
A Silver Alert had been issued early Monday for 74-year-old Sylvia Rosalie Schmitt. She was reported missing from her home at the Paradise Lakes Condominium Association nudist community.
Pasco Sheriff Chris Nocco says they have charged Schmitt'sgrandson, 18-year-old Brandon Machetto, with her murder. Nocco says Machetto has a juvenile criminal history for domestic violence, including a previous altercation with Schmitt.
A neighbor called 911 after seeing Machetto acting suspiciously outside of Schmitt's home early Monday morning. That caller claims Machetto appeared to place a body inside his grandmother's minivan.
After the Silver Alert was issued, a deputy patrolling outside the neighborhood spotted Schmitt's minivan entering the gated community just after 10 a.m. The deputy made a traffic stop and Brandon Machetto was taken into custody.