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Man Charged With Murder Of 19-Year-Old Woman Found In Cooler In Abandoned Car

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Police have made an arrest in the murder of 19-year-old woman who was found dead in an ice chest five months ago. Anthony Moreno, 38, was arrested on Thursday, April 21 on suspicion of murder, according to a release from L.A. County Sheriff's Department. Moreno was already in state prison on another charge, but police now believe he fatally shot a 19-year-old woman on November 24, 2015. The L.A. County District Attorney's Office charged Moreno with murder and possession of a firearm by a felon on Monday.

Dawn McEveety, 19, of Huntington Beach was found dead on Sunday, November 29 after neighbors reported an abandoned car in the 8600 block of Bradwell Avenue in unincorporated Whittier. Police discovered McEveety's body in the early stages of decomposition, "entombed" in a cooler in the rear cargo area of a 1991 Toyota Celica that the Sheriff's Department later confirmed as stolen.

Investigators believe Moreno murdered McEveety at a home in the 11900 block of 183rd St. in Artesia, and that he may not have acted alone when hiding her body.

McEveety was not reported missing prior to the discovery of her body. Her parents spoke to ABC 7 back in November, stating that their daughter had left a drug rehab program and infrequently returned their calls. Maura McEveety-Sepa said that she had adopted Dawn when she was 16 months old, and that she was born addicted to drugs. As a child, Dawn displayed a lot of artistic talent, but struggled with drugs when she fell into the wrong crowd as a teen. Her parents entered her into rehab, where they say she did well, but she elected not to live with them again once she turned 18.

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"It's a parent's worst nightmare," McEveety-Sepa told ABC 7. "We were always worried that something like this might happen when she got with the wrong crowd. And it's happened."

Anyone with information should call LASD's Homicide Bureau at (323) 890-5500. Anonymous tips can be made via Crime Stoppers by calling (800) 222-8477, or online here.