Sheriff Deputies have now released the missing persons report with an actual timeline of the final hours of Zengotita-Torres’ life.
Investigators said Zengotita-Torres was working at the Ross store on Jan. 7th in Kissimmee and made a phone call to her son at 10:15pm to let him know that she would be home somewhere around 1:30am.
Shortly after 12:30am, a security video cam showed Zengotita-Torres driving away from the store, and at 1:30am Sheriff deputies report that there were two transactions on the her ATM card.
According to the report, her family called her cell phone at 4:30am which went to voicemail.
At 7:45am, Janice Zengotita-Torres was reported as missing. Only a few hours later her body was found dumped on the side of a road in Ormond Beach.
Osceola County Sheriff Russ Gibson said Ishnar Lopez Ramos hired Alexis Ramos Rivera and his girlfriend, Glorianmarie Quinones Montes, to kill a female employee at Ross in Kissimmee who was a romantic rival, but instead they mistakenly abducted 42 year-old Janice Zengotita-Torres of Kissimmee and killed her.
Gibson said the three murder suspects followed Zengotita-Torres after she left work at Ross on Sunday night and abducted as she arrived at her home. From there they forced her into the trunk of her own vehicle, detectives said.
They then traveled to an apartment near the Mall at Millennia. Deputies said Montes went inside the apartment while Ramos and Rivera stayed in the vehicle with Zengotita-Torres.
Gibson said that’s when Ramos and Rivera realized they had abducted the wrong person, but decided to continue with their plan.
“The suspects showed no regard for this victim, causing her to die from suffocation because the garbage bags were wrapped around her head,” Gibson said.
From there they drove to Ormond Beach and discarded Zengotita-Torres’ body in the area of Bennett Lane where she was discovered the following morning by a Spectrum employee who was doing working near the location.
“The heinous murder of one of our own citizens will not be tolerated in Osceola County,” Gibson said.
On Thursday night Ishnar Lopez Ramos attempted using Zengotita-Torres’ ATM card to withdraw cash and was apprehended and arrested. She was wearing Zengotita-Torres’ clothing at the time. She confessed to the murder and turned in Rivera and Montes, who were then apprehended and arrested in Orange County at a hotel.
“All three confirmed that this was a murder-for-hire and that the victim was mistakenly — again, mistakenly — targeted and murdered as being the person they thought was the intended victim,” Gibson said.
Janice Zengotita-Torres had relocated to Osceola County from Puerto Rico one year ago and lived with her husband, her 14-year-old son and her mother. The three suspects charged in her death all came to Central Florida from Puerto Rico in late December, deputies said. All three have been charged with 1st-degree murder. Their criminal history in Puerto Rico has not yet been released.
Sheriff Gibson, who was clearly affected emotionally by this senseless and heinous crime, said “It was just a mistaken identity, I don’t say that lightly, that this woman lost her life for no reason. This mother, this wife, this daughter — for no reason, at all,” Gibson said.