A 54-year-old Pennsylvania woman is dead and a 26-year-old man charged with her murder after a Facebook Marketplace sale went sideways.
Denise Williams’s family reported her missing on Monday when she didn’t return from checking out a refrigerator she hoped to buy for her boyfriend as a gift, WJAC reported.
Geistown Borough police found her dead inside Joshua Gorgone’s apartment on Tuesday. An autopsy determined she died from massive blood loss caused by multiple stab wounds.
“She did put up one heck of a fight,” Cambria County Coroner Jeff Lees said. “This was a violent death that she sustained.”
Gorgone reportedly confessed to killing Williams with a kitchen knife after arguing with her over the price of the refrigerator, police said.
Police said they found Williams by tracking her phone and using information her family provided from her Facebook account.
Geistown Borough Police Chief Nicholas Zakucia called the crime scene “a tough scene” for the officers.
“When you lose someone like this or have incidents of this nature, it’s a shock to us all,” he said.
Cambria County District Attorney Greg Neugebauer cautioned people looking to buy items through platforms like Facebook Marketplace.
“Use caution when you’re dealing with anybody or anything involving purchasing something through then internet, meeting up with someone,” he said. “Don’t go alone. Don’t invite someone to your house alone to look at something. Always have someone with you or if possible, meet in a public or well-lit place.”
Gorgone has been charged with criminal homicide and is being held without bail at Cambria County Prison. He’s due in court on April 14.
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[Featured image: Joshua Gorgone/Cambria County Prison]