Police: Broward Woman’s Disappearance A Possible Homicide

PEMBROKE PINES (CBS4) – Investigators now say that the mysterious disappearance of a Pembroke Pines woman over the weekend may be a homicide.

They say evidence found in a dumpster behind an animal hospital at 1954th and Sheridan Street, less than 2 miles from Natalie Belmonte’s home, indicates this is a possible homicide. Investigators won’t say what that evidence is, but witness, Gabriel Osorio told CBS4’s Natalia Zea it was a bloody find.

“They pulled out like this trash bag, white trash bags and it had like sheets with blood in it,” said Osorio.

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Police have searched from the air, on the ground and in the water for Belmonte.

“We’ve been searching waterways and wetlands around the Belmonte home along with other law enforcement agencies,” said Pembroke Pines Police Captain Dan Rakofsky. “The search is continuing by land, air and water.”

Belmonte was last seen returning to her home, located at 19331 NW 5th Street, from a party around 2:30 a.m. Sunday, July 17th.

Neighbors and family friends are stunned by her sudden disappearance.

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Pembroke Pines Police are looking for anyone who may have seen Natalie Belmonte's maroone Lexus in the early morning hours of July 17th. Source:Pembroke Pines Police)

“It’s just very, very strange that nobody has heard from her for two days now,” said Belmonte’s neighbor Al Quintana. “It’s very, very strange and very strange (that the) police don’t have a lead right now as well.”

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

“When they got home, he said he went to bed and the next thing he remembers is waking up taking out the dogs and finding out that she wasn’t there,” Quintana said.

Police said the son is cooperating with investigators. A person of interest has not been named at this point.

“We have spoken with him, he has been cooperative,” said Capt. Rakofsky. “He was also the last person to see her and we are interested in speaking to him some more. He is cooperating.”

CBS4 News has learned that Gerard was arrested and accused of stealing from his mother in 2008.

A police affidavit states that Gerard did “knowingly and intentionally remove approximately $20,000 in various jewelry items from the victim’s jewelry box.”

The affidavit also states that Belmonte “advised she wished to prosecute…”

CBS4 News also learned that Gerard turned himself in last month related to that case, and got out of jail three days before Belmonte disappeared.

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.

Friend Sandy Chaichang said, “It’s just…I’m trying to understand all this…It’s really sad right now, really, really, really sad, my heart is breaking,” Chaichang said. “I just don’t know what happened

Belmonte is 5’4”, 135 pounds, has straight long brown hair, brown eyes and was last seen wearing a strapless brown dress.

Police are asking anyone who saw Belmonte’s maroon Lexus sedan in the area of the Publix shopping center at 19400 Sheridan Street, between 5:16 a.m. and 6:45 a.m. Sunday morning to call the Pembroke Pines Police Department at (954) 431-2200, email to Tips@ppines.com, or call Broward Crime Stoppers at (954) 493-TIPS.

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  • sheriff

    Sad, but either someone was in the home & murdered her or one of her children had something to do with it. People just don’t vanish into thin air like a fart in the wind.

  • sheriff

    CBSMiami4, Why don’t you publish my posts instead of listing them under the lame: “Awaiting to be moderated”…What>, a committee meets in a room & discusses each post or you are just plain bigoted & have a predetermined set button that deletes & violates my first amendment rights? Speak up for a change.

    • doodle

      i notice he dint reply. why not, is he a cowerd?

    • rausky79

      Thanks for not allowing sherrifs racist,ignorant opinions to be seenn by decent people; especially during such a horrible tragedy. This guy has always put down Latinos cause he’s a racist!!

  • ed guil

    she is a nice lady. I wish they find her alive.

  • rausky79

    I hope and pray she is found alive. I hope she hasn’t been murdered. I feel for the family and can only imagine the pain and stress they’re under.

  • Raakesh Sato Panday

    I do hope all is well with her and she is alive .

  • Hoof Arted

    If it were a cop they’d already have a suspect in handcuffs.

  • Richard

    I would look at her adopted 22 year old son very closely…….

  • tom

    the killer is standng near by.

  • tom

    Every law inforcement agency is going to be extra sure that they do it right, after what happened to miss. cassie.

  • tom

    I think this was a sex thing that went bad. like the word no. The police already know who did this and they are now just putting it all together.

  • Wunks

    If Sheriff is racist to Latinos, he’s quite wrong about this lady, she’s from Guyana, South America and that country is the only English speaking country in South America and was once ruled by the British. Thank you everyone else for nice clean posts.

    • loonietoons

      sheriff is not very bright. his posts that made it before the webgeeks who run this plays swept them into the trash show a guy, probably a kid, with the same personality as people who write graffiti.he has to get attention, so he writes nasty things and then laughs from behind his rock.thanks to the people who run this place for keeping his junk in the trunk.

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