Heather Lacey vanished at the age of 29 on November 21st, 2013. The young woman lived in Deerfield Beach, Florida at the time of her disappearance. Heather's family members last spoke with her on November 21st. After that, she was never seen or heard from again.
Heather was reported missing by her family members, but unfortunately police were unable to locate her. Years passed without any news. Then, on February 23rd, 2019, residents of an apartment building in Hollywood, Florida reported smelling a foul odor coming from the apartment of 36 year-old Jonathan Escarzaga. Police entered Jonathan's apartment and found his body inside. He had reportedly been dead for days before his body was discovered. Coroners were unable to determine his cause of death.
The landlord of Jonathan's building hired a company from Margate to remove and dispose of the appliances in Jonathan's apartment. The company came to remove the appliances, which included an upright freezer. The company's owner did not get around to opening the appliances until about a month later. At which point, the company's owner opened the freezer and found a mummified body on the inside. That body was later identified as that of Heather Lacey. She was identified by her fingerprints on the freezer.
Police are unsure how long Heather's body was in the freezer or if Jonathan is involved in her death. It's possible that Heather's body would have never been found if Jonathan had not been found dead inside his apartment. However, Heather's family members have criticized police for not investigating Heather's disappearance thoroughly. According to Heather's sister, Heather had struggled with substance abuse and had several run-ins with the law in the years leading up to her disappearance. Heather's family members believe that police did not take her case seriously due to her past.
An investigation into Heather's death is still ongoing. A connection to Jonathan Escarzaga is being investigated as well. If you have any information that could help the investigation, please contact the Broward County's Sheriff's Office at 954-321-4268.