Mom: Slain daughter lured through online dating

Posted at 2:04 PM, Jun 03, 2016
and last updated 2016-06-03 17:04:44-04

The mother of a slain Phoenix woman said her daughter had recently revived an online dating profile in search of fairy tale romance.

She said that her daughter was instead lured by a man suspected of murdering her and leaving the body in a shallow desert grave near Tonopah, Arizona.

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Maricopa County Sheriff's Office arrested Lashawn Johnson on Sunday for second degree murder, kidnapping and other charges. Johnson was already in jail for unrelated charges.

Police say Angela Russo went missing April 19. Russo's cell phone led police to Johnson's apartment.

An expert in social computing says predators can use the internet to form intimate relationships under false pretenses. But University of Central Florida assistant professor Pamela Wisniewski said people also need to understand that the same danger exists offline.

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