Crime

Body Of Double-Homicide Witness Found In Trunk

| by Reve Fisher
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The body of a witness to a 2013 double homicide was reportedly found in the trunk of an abandoned car.

The victim, 22-year-old Jillian Christine Kusznir, was found in a vehicle abandoned in Palm Bay, Florida, on April 19 around 7:00 am. Stephen Sweigart, owner of Crescent Construction, notified police after he noticed the car near his building, WESH reports.

"Someone dropped a car off there last night and it was sitting there this morning," Sweigart told a 911 operator. "I went and looked at it. I think there’s a dead body in it. It looks like a silver Buick. Looks pretty new."

"Officers arrived on scene, they saw the trunk was ajar, they opened the trunk and found a woman's body inside," Sgt. Michael Pusatere of the Palm Bay Police Department said, according to Florida Today. 

In December 2013, WESH spoke with Kusznir after she reportedly witnessed a double homicide that took the lives of her friends Sean Pino and Dylan Kane. She said they went to a house to purchase marijuana when the homeowner fatally shot Pino and Kane. The state attorney’s office determined the homeowner’s actions were justified and neither the resident nor Kusznir were charged in the case.

Palm Bay Detectives may have a lead on Kusznir’s death thanks to the security cameras at the construction site.

"I’ve got surveillance on my building," Sweigart told the 911 operator, according to WESH. "I’ve got somebody dropping it off outside about quarter after five."

Police have yet to state any possible motives for the killing of the 22-year-old, nor whether or not her death may be related to any criminal activity.

On Kusznir’s Facebook page, numerous friends and family are mourning her death.

"RIP Jillian, you are a beautiful person," Lynn Dart wrote. "You helped me a lot when I needed help, will never forget you !!!"

"This is so sad," Deysha Lopez wrote. "Say hello to Sean Pino for us. May you rest in peace, young lady."

"I don't know another person who was as uplifting and just so infectiously happy as you," Stephanie Edge wrote. "I can't fathom how anyone could do this to you. You're going to be missed so dearly."

Sources: Florida Today, WESH, Jillian Kusznir/Facebook / Photo Credit: Jillian Kusznir/Facebook

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