Fatima Perez died after she was buried alive by her landscaper

Woman dies after being 'buried alive by gardener'
Fatima Perez was reportedly buried alive (Picture: Camden County Prosecutor’s Office)

A woman reported missing earlier this week has been found dead in a grave after being buried alive, police have said.

The body of Fatima Perez, 41, was discovered in Middlesex County, New Jersey, two days after her worried family had contacted police on Monday.

She had died of suffocation and her eyes and mouth were bound with duct tape.

Ramon Ortiz and Carlos Alicea-Antonetti
Ramon Ortiz, left, 57, of Pennsauken, and Carlos Alicea-Antonetti, 36, of Camden, were charged with murder (Picture: AP)

Authorities said landscape worker Carlos Alicea-Antonetti, 36, and his employee Ramon Ortiz, 57, admitted burying her alive.

She had reportedly been picked up by Mr Alicea-Antonetti so she could go and buy a new car.

He had previously worked on her house in Camden.

Fatima Perez, New Jersey
Family members of Fatima Perez listen during the arraignment (Picture: AP)

Scott Thomson, who is head of Camden County Police, revealed the case had been difficult.

He said: ‘I know that upon the finding of Fatima’s body, it cast a pall over the entire investigative bureau, as hearts were very heavy for the family.’

The judge remanded both suspects on $5 million (£2.9m) bail after they were charged with murder.

16 May 2014 | 3:34 pm – Source: metro.co.uk

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