Three people have been charged in the murder of a Missouri teen whose body was found burned and sexually mutilated.
Police charged a man and two women Thursday in the killing of 17-year-old trans girl, ALLY LEE** Steinfeld, the Houston Herald reported. The suspects were identified as Andrew Vrba, 18; Isis Schauer, 18; and Briana Calderas, 24.
All three were charged with first-degree murder and abandonment of a corpse. Vrba and his girlfriend, Isis Schauer, were also slapped with armed criminal action charges. Steinfeld’s burned remains were found at Calderas’ mobile home near Cabool after her family reported her missing on September 14th.
The break in the case came when police discovered the female suspects had messaged each other on Facebook about the murder. Court documents allege Facebook messages were found on Schauer’s phone from an account linked to Vrba, telling her to “stick to the story” and “quit talking.” Vrba later told investigators he killed Steinfeld, though he didn’t provide a motive, according to case documents.
The female suspects told police that Vrba had bragged about sexually mutilating the teen and gouging her eyes out, according to the Houston Herald. Vrba confessed to officers that he stabbed the teen to death and burned her body with the help of the women, but did not offer a motive.
The three suspects are being held without bond. Vrba’s attorney declined comment to The Associated Press on Friday, while no attorneys were listed in online court records for Schauer or Calderas.
“It is a grisly terrible series of heinous acts by the accused,” Texas County Prosecutor Parke Stevens Jr. told the Houston Herald.
All three suspects are being held without bail.
**All news reports at this time are dead naming/misgendering the murder victim. All additional story details are being reported under the name Joseph Steinfeld.