A Florida judge denied a motion to keep certain evidence out of public view in the case of a Pennsylvania spring breaker who investigators say was raped and drugged, and later found dead.
- Florida took a devastating turn for a Bucks County woman. Police say she died after being drugged and raped. Action News reporter Annie McCormick spoke with some of those who knew the victim, and she's live in Richboro with the reaction tonight. Annie.
ANNIE MCCORMICK: Yeah, and Rick, the victim, Christine Engelhardt, grew up here in Richboro. Today we talked to family and friends who are still trying to figure out how this happened. Investigators are still piecing together the case, but they do believe that she made contact with the two suspects at a restaurant.
SAMANTHA DIFRANCESCO: She was the person who brought in that made everything, lit up the whole room. Her laugh was the most contagious laugh.
ANNIE MCCORMICK: Family and friends of 24-year-old Christine Engelhardt reeling over the news that she died after she was drugged, raped, and robbed last Thursday in her hotel room during a trip to South Beach, Florida.
SAMANTHA DIFRANCESCO: This is the last person I would think anything like this would ever happen to, and it just breaks your heart. When you know it's a genuinely good person who would do anything for anybody, to think that they went through what they went through. It's just sickening. It's sick.
ANNIE MCCORMICK: A judge ordered no bond for the two suspects, 21-year-old Evoire Collier and 24-year-old Dorian Taylor. Investigators are trying to determine if a green pill the pair allegedly supplied Engelhardt was the cause of her death.
MINDY S GLAZER: Couldn't even pick up a phone to call the police or 911 after they did whatever they did to her.
- They had sex with her multiple times, and once she was unconscious or out. They remained inside the unit, did not call for assistance or help, and began to take all her items, cell phone, credit cards, and cash.
ANNIE MCCORMICK: Engelhardt graduated from Council Rock High School North and worked as a manager at Jules Thin Crust Pizza in Newtown. Her mother told Action News her daughter traveled to Florida alone. Friends began a GoFundMe for the family and hope to honor Engelhardt, who loved life, running, and animals, while they try to learn how this could happen.
SAMANTHA DIFRANCESCO: We're looking for pieces too. We just don't understand what had happened.
ANNIE MCCORMICK: And Rick, the suspects face charges including burglary with battery, credit card fraud, and also sexual battery. Now, if the medical examiner does make a determination that that drug allegedly given to her played a role in her death, they could get their charges upgraded to manslaughter or murder. For now, reporting live in Richboro, Annie McCormick, Channel 6, Action News. Rick.