Monday, October 15, 2007

3 charged in death of teen found in pond

Lundy, Derkovic, Tolbert
Orange County

Two men and a woman were charged Sunday with first-degree murder in the death of a teenage girl whose partially decomposed body was found in an east Orange County pond last winter.

Orange County Sheriff's Office investigators charged the three in the death of Harriet "Jackie" Curtis, 15, whose body was found Jan. 18 in a retention pond on Alachua Street, in a neighborhood east of Goldenrod Road and south of Lake Underhill Road.

Amiri Lundy, whose 19th birthday was Sunday, was arrested at his home without incident, according to the Sheriff's Office.

Maya Derkovic, 18, and Dominique Tolbert, 20, already were in Orange County Jail, held in an unrelated carjacking case. They have been officially charged in Curtis' death, but had not been arrested Sunday. That is expected to happen today.

The Sheriff's Office released few details of the crime or the investigation.

County workers who were cleaning the pond had recovered Curtis' body, which apparently had been in the water for several days. It offered no obvious signs of trauma, and the Medical Examiner's Office listed the cause of death as undetermined.

The Sheriff's Office said an anonymous tip led investigators to the suspects.

Scott Powers and Etan Horowitz of the Sentinel staff contributed to this report.

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