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Newly engaged couple who went missing for three weeks ‘were drunk and traveled at 103 mph’ when they crashed

The newly engaged couple, who had been missing for three weeks before they were found dead in their car, were drunk and traveled at 103 mph when they crashed, police say.

Stephanie Mayorga, 27, and Paige Escalera, 25, were last seen on the night of April 15 and left their home in Wilmington, North Carolina together, and stepped into a 2013 dark gray Dodge Dart that belonged to Escelara, police say. .

Wilmington Police discovered that vehicle and their dissolution just after 3 p.m. on May 4 in the woods at the intersection of Independence Blvd and River Road.

In a statement, the officer said, “We can say with confidence that alcohol and speed were important factors in the wreck.” Mayorga was supposed to be driving at the time of the impact.

The women disappeared on the night of April 15, but were reported missing by their roommate three days later.

Investigators had considered their disappearance “suspicious” because they left their belongings in their apartment.

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Stephanie Mayorga, 27, left, and Paige Escalera, 25, right, were last seen on the night of April 15 and left their home in Wilmington, North Carolina, to get in their car

Stephanie Mayorga, 27, left, and Paige Escalera, 25, right, were last seen on the night of April 15 and left their home in Wilmington, North Carolina, to get in their car

In a statement, officers said the women traveled between 102 and 103 mph when they hit the curb and “took to the skies.” The reconstruction of the police is depicted

Police say the Dodge Dart was “hidden in an area of ​​dense vegetation, partially submerged in a swamp with only a small portion of the roof visible from above” when it was found on May 4

In a 911 call on April 15, another driver had described a car “driving at high speed, driving through a stop sign, and crashing.”

Police had searched the area that evening, but found no sign of the collision at the time.

Police say the Dodge Dart was “hidden in an area of ​​dense vegetation, partially submerged in a swamp with only a small portion of the roof visible from above,” when it was finally found on May 4 almost three weeks later.

They added: “When the police arrived on the scene at around 3:00 PM. that afternoon there were no obvious signs of a wreckage. There were no broken limbs, no slip marks, and no debris.

“The only evidence of the crash was a faint impression of the tires at the curb, as well as wear marks on the curb itself.”

Police located the women’s car, where they found two decomposing bodies.

Wilmington Police discovered that vehicle and their dissolution just after 3 p.m. on May 4 in the woods at the intersection of Independence Blvd and River Road

Wilmington Police discovered that vehicle and their dissolution just after 3 p.m. on May 4 in the woods at the intersection of Independence Blvd and River Road

Wilmington Police discovered that vehicle and their dissolution just after 3 p.m. on May 4 in the woods at the intersection of Independence Blvd and River Road

Surveillance photos also show one of the women holding a beer bottle when they left their apartment around 9 p.m. that night, 'said the police

Surveillance photos also show one of the women holding a beer bottle when they left their apartment around 9 p.m. that night, 'said the police

Surveillance photos also show one of the women holding a beer bottle when they left their apartment around 9 p.m. that night, ‘said the police

“The only evidence of the crash was a faint impression of the tires at the curb, as well as wear marks on the curb itself,” police said. The crash scene is depicted

Police eventually located the women's car, where they found two decomposing bodies. The crash scene is depicted

Police eventually located the women's car, where they found two decomposing bodies. The crash scene is depicted

Police eventually located the women’s car, where they found two decomposing bodies. The crash scene is depicted

In a statement, officers said the women traveled between 102 and 103 mph when they hit the curb and “took to the skies.”

She added, “This crash happened in an instant. From the moment the vehicle reached the curb until the moment of impact, only 0.99 seconds passed.

Several open, empty beer bottles were discovered in the vehicle, and researchers were able to determine that the women had bought a pack of beer at a supermarket at about 12:49 pm, about an hour before the crash, at 12:49 pm.

Surveillance photos also show one of the women holding a beer bottle when they left their apartment around 9 p.m. that night.

“Due to the degree of decomposition, it is unlikely that a toxicological report will yield results, but based on this evidence, we are convinced that alcohol played a major role in the crash.”

The women disappeared on the night of April 15, but were reported missing by their roommate three days later. Investigators had considered their disappearance “suspicious” because they left their belongings in their apartment

The newly engaged couple hadn’t known each other for long, friends said, and had only lived in the apartment a week before their disappearance.

Mayorga had sold items like a used drum kit and three watches on Facebook in late March Port City Daily.

Escalera’s phone was left on the couple’s bed and given to their police by their roommate as evidence. Leading up to her disappearance, the younger woman had blocked close friends on social media, her sister said.

The couple died as a result of traumatic head and chest injuries.

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