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Gretchen Anthony killing: Estranged husband tries to use COVID-19 as a cover for murder


[This story originally aired on May 8, 2021.]

When family and friends of a Jupiter, Florida, mom started receiving texts revealing she had a critical case of coronavirus, they grew frightened. But Gretchen Anthony hadn’t talked to anybody and wasn’t answering her cellphone. Was she actually sending the textual content messages? Or was somebody utilizing COVID-19 to cowl up her disappearance?

It was March 2020, and the COVID-19 pandemic was stretching throughout the nation.

“This case really hit differently,” says Chrichet Mixon, an assistant state legal professional for Palm Beach County. “I mean, we are talking about someone who is a mother, a daughter, a sister, a friend.”

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Gretchen Anthony

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And somebody who seemingly vanished at some extent when the world was advised to remain dwelling.

“All I wanted to do was to be able to find her,” Mixon tells “48 Hours” correspondent Peter Van Sant.

Investigators discovered Gretchen had filed for divorce from her husband, David Anthony, a health coach, simply weeks earlier than she disappeared.

The texts from Gretchen Anthony’s cellphone to family and friends started on March 23, 2020.

“Good morning. Tested positive for coronavirus early this morning. That means I have to stay here for at least two weeks …” The texts over the following couple of days described a worsening situation and admitting herself to the Jupiter Medical Center’s emergency division.

Another textual content claimed she was transferred to a different facility run by the CDC, which did not exist.

After days of texts and no response by cellphone, Gretchen Anthony’s household and pals reached out to regulation enforcement and requested them to do a welfare verify at her dwelling. What police discovered from a neighbor was disturbing.

“I heard a really serious woman’s scream, just screaming, like she was being attacked,” a neighbor advised police.

Inside the house police observed safety cameras had been faraway from the partitions. They requested Anthony’s service supplier to tug the video from the cloud and the pictures confirmed a person lurking on Gretchen Anthony’s patio the morning the neighbor heard the scream.

Where was Gretchen Anthony? And the place was her estranged husband, David Anthony? Did he ship these texts pretending to be Gretchen to cowl up her homicide?

TROUBLING TEXTS

Back in March 2020, family and friends of Gretchen Anthony had been alarmed once they started receiving texts from her, saying she had examined optimistic for coronavirus.

Kelly Hanna: You know, the information is saying it is critical. … And then swiftly numbers are being reported and persons are dying.

It was laborious for Gretchen Anthony’s pals, like Kelly Hanna, to image her dying of something, a lot much less this horrifying virus. At 51 years outdated, Gretchen was an image of health. 

Kelly Hanna: She labored out on the fitness center very laborious. She took her well being very severely.

Kelly Hanna: Gretchen is somebody who’s tremendously coronary heart centered … she’s simply radiant and only a very caring … stunning spirit.

But above all else, she was a loyal mom to her 12-year-old daughter. Gretchen was elevating her little one in Jupiter, Florida whereas sharing custody with an ex-husband. 

Chrichet Mixon: Gretchen’s daughter was her world; she was every thing to her.

Chrichet Mixon, an assistant state’s legal professional for Palm Beach County, obtained concerned in Gretchen’s case early on.

Chrichet Mixon: There was nothing that Gretchen would not do for her daughter. She hated being away from her.

After her divorce, pals say Gretchen fell in love with David Anthony. The two met at a neighborhood fitness center the place he was a coach.

Peter Van Sant: Was he sort of a rock star on the fitness center?

Kelly Hanna: Oh … he was the younger sizzling coach for certain.

Tabitha Hopkins: He has an enormous presence.

David was a well-liked coach at a fitness center owned by Tabitha Hopkins. She says he introduced in a number of new members.

Kelly Hanna: He was clever, well-spoken. He was charming.

Kelly Hanna: She did not have to inform anyone that there was an attraction there. … There was absolute sparks, there was magic there, no query about it.

That attraction quickly led to the couple getting married at an Elvis chapel in Las Vegas in 2015.

Kelly Hanna: They appeared just like the happiest couple ever.

Peter Van Sant: Did you are feeling like she’d discovered the person of her desires?

Kelly Hanna: Absolutely. … David by all appearances was an exceptional stepparent. She referred to as him bonus dad.

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Gretchen and David Anthony on their marriage ceremony day.

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But pals say the couple’s dream life got here aside in late 2019, once they separated, and David moved out of their dwelling.

Kelly Hanna: And it sort of appeared like they each … misplaced themselves just a little bit, they usually had been looking out extra for their very own self-identity.

Now Gretchen’s internal circle was coping with a possible life-or-death state of affairs.

Kelly Hanna: And then swiftly, there’s weird cellular phone messages.

Over a number of days, beginning on Monday, March 23, family and friends obtained a sequence of texts from Gretchen, who stated she was at dwelling in quarantine. She despatched this one to her daughter, who was staying along with her ex-husband:

PETER VAN SANT [reading texts]: “Good morning. Tested positive for Coronavirus early this morning.  That means I have to stay here for at least two weeks …”

Her daughter replied: “OK I really hope you get better”

Chrichet Mixon says there have been a number of texts from Gretchen’s cellphone over the following three days, describing her deteriorating situation. 

CHRICHET MIXON [reading text]: “I consulted with the virus screening hotline and admitted myself into the Jupiter Medical Center’s emergency room …”

Peter Van Sant: So. that is critical stuff. What does the household do with these texts?

Chrichet Mixon: The household finds the textual content messages that they are getting from Gretchen to be worrisome, alarming.

What disturbed everybody receiving these texts is that nobody — not even Gretchen’s daughter — had obtained a cellphone name from her.

Kelly Hanna: That simply there’s so many issues which can be so flawed.

Including texts claiming that she’d been transferred to an “off-site medical facility being run directly by the CDC” in Belle Glade, greater than hour away in central Florida. But there’s an issue.

Chrichet Mixon: There is not any CDC facility in Belle Glade, Florida.

Peter Van Sant: So, this textual content message, allegedly from Gretchen’s personal cellphone, apparently was not despatched by Gretchen.

Chrichet Mixon: It positively was not despatched by Gretchen.

Dave Aronberg, the State Attorney for Palm Beach County agrees.

Dave Aronberg: Clearly, whoever had despatched these textual content messages had been attempting to make the most of this pandemic, of the concern on the market, attempting to take advantage of the state of affairs.

Kelly Hanna: So, issues weren’t including up and issues weren’t including up in a short time.

Chrichet Mixon: The household, together with pals, made the choice to achieve out to regulation enforcement to do a welfare verify on Gretchen Anthony.

911 CALL: I must get assist for my buddy that is lacking. I do not know the way to put into phrases, however I do know she’s in very grave hazard proper now.

Jupiter Police Detective Jared Kenerson caught the case on the evening shift.

Det. Jared Kenerson: We attain out to the Jupiter Medical Center and they didn’t have a report of Gretchen Anthony being a affected person at their facility throughout that point interval.

Peter Van Sant: So, swiftly, that is getting critical?                           

Det. Jared Kenerson: Yeah, that is an enormous concern of mine.

Desperate for clues, police checked out the Jupiter Medical Center’s car parking zone. They hit pay grime. 

Gretchen Anthony evidence
Investigators obtained a break once they found Gretchen Anthony’s automotive within the car parking zone of the Jupiter Medical Center. That’s the place the texts stated she was a affected person. The hospital had no report of her being handled for Covid-19.

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Chrichet Mixon:  Gretchen Anthony’s Mini Cooper was recovered within the car parking zone of Jupiter Medical Center.

Detective Kenerson says what they discovered inside Gretchen’s automotive was worrisome: her purse — sitting in plain sight.  

Det. Jared Kenerson: I feel a girl usually carries their purse with them.

Peter Van Sant: If Gretchen Anthony is just not in a facility, in a hospital anyplace being handled for COVID, if she does not have COVID, then the place is Gretchen?

Chrichet Mixon: That was the million-dollar query. No one knew the place Gretchen was.

WHERE’S GRETCHEN?

March 26, 2020: 5 days had handed since anybody had seen Gretchen Anthony. Jupiter Police investigators had been decided to seek out her, in order that they canvassed her neighborhood carrying physique cameras, searching for clues.

They had been shocked when a resident approached them to say that early on the morning of Saturday, March 21, she heard one thing terrifying.

NEIGHBOR: I heard a very critical lady’s scream, simply screaming, like she was being attacked. … And then I heard her scream “No” after which I heard one thing about “it hurts, stop it.”  The scream was actually critical.

Peter Van Sant: Did this lady name 911?

Det. Jared Kenerson: She didn’t. … Some persons are apprehensive about calling the police.

Peter Van Sant: When you heard that story, what are you pondering?

Det. Jared Kenerson: I’m pondering that one thing positively occurred at Gretchen Anthony’s dwelling Saturday morning.

Officers grew to become much more involved when one other neighbor advised them he later observed a soapy substance flowing from beneath Gretchen’s storage door.

Gretchen Anthony crime scene
At Gretchen Anthony’s dwelling, investigators found a possible crime scene. Police say this picture seems to point out stains from a mysterious soapy substance on the driveway. 

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Peter Van Sant: Somebody was in there cleansing.

Det. Jared Kenerson: That’s what I take from that. … We found that her entrance door that leads from her patio into her storage, that door was locked, and it had the important thing damaged off within the deadbolt.

Could Gretchen be inside? Investigators wasted no time discovering out.

Chrichet Mixon: They drive entry into the storage and there was no Gretchen inside. However, they observed that there was a robust, pungent odor of a cleansing agent within the storage.

With physique cameras rolling, investigators searched the house a number of occasions. They discovered proof suggesting a violent battle: a damaged image body, shards of glass on Gretchen’s mattress, and a stained towel.

Gretchen Anthony evidence
As police continued to search for clues, they discovered a stained towel sitting on high of  Gretchen Anthony’s washer. It later examined optimistic for a blood-like substance. 

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Chrichet Mixon: There was a chunk of material that had what’s what’s known as BLS, a blood-like substance, on it.

They obtained an enormous break once they found neighbors had taken images of a black Nissan pickup truck parked close to Gretchen’s dwelling after the terrifying screams.

Peter Van Sant: And who owns a black Nissan pickup truck?

Det. Jared Kenerson: David Anthony.

David Anthony – Gretchen’s estranged husband.

Det. Jared Kenerson: His car was there that morning.

Investigators discovered from family and friends that Gretchen had filed for divorce in February 2020, and David had moved in together with his mom.  That’s when David’s former boss Tabitha Hopkins says he grew to become more and more unstable.

Tabitha Hopkins: He regressed behavior-wise, slowly grew to become extra laborious to handle.

Gretchen’s household advised investigators she frightened about her security after the separation and had safety cameras put in all through her dwelling and storage.

Peter Van Sant: Who was she afraid of?

Det. Jared Kenerson: I used to be advised that she had the cameras put in as a result of David had returned to her dwelling after he left.

Peter Van Sant: After that they had separated?

Det. Jared Kenerson: That’s appropriate.

Kenerson found these cameras had been eliminated from the partitions — probably to destroy incriminating proof. But he discovered that whereas the cameras had been gone, the pictures they recorded might be recovered from the cloud.

Det. Jared Kenerson: We ship a search warrant to her digital camera supplier.

Chrichet Mixon: It is believed that this might doubtlessly be one of the best piece of proof at this level that might give us some route as to the place is Gretchen Anthony? 

While they waited for that essential proof, investigators scrambled to seek out out simply what David Anthony knew about Gretchen’s disappearance.  They went to search for him at his mom’s dwelling, once more with physique cameras rolling.

SUSAN WARNER: Who is it?

DET. JOSEPH COUNIHAN: Jupiter police. Hello. Hi. Sorry to trouble you.

David’s mother stated she, too, had obtained a regarding textual content from Gretchen.

SUSAN WARNER: Gretchen’s been in contact with me ‘trigger she’s within the CDC Center. She has the virus.

DET. JOSEPH COUNIHAN: OK. What CDC heart is she at?

SUSAN WARNER: I do not know. She texted me this morning and stated she was in there. I’ve the textual content, would you prefer to see it?

DET. JOSEPH COUNIHAN: I’d like to.

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A textual content message despatched from Gretchen Anthony’s cellphone.

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When officers requested her the place her son was, they develop into alarmed.

SUSAN WARNER: He had stated he was going to Costa Rica.

David’s mom advised them that he packed up his truck, and on Tuesday, March 24, 2020, three days after Gretchen disappeared, he grabbed his canine Kobe, and hit the street.

Chrichet Mixon: Once they know that … he’s making an attempt to flee the nation, he positively turns into a suspect. They are very suspicious of him.

Adding to their suspicion is what they found on the video retrieved from the Jupiter Medical Center Parking Lot, the place Gretchen’s automotive was discovered. 

Chrichet Mixon: There was safety footage that confirmed Gretchen Anthony’s MINI Cooper pulling right into a parking area and there’s a tall determine … strolling away from her car.

Chrichet Mixon: David Anthony is about 6’7″, 6’8″.

Peter Van Sant: And does that appear like … someone who might be 6’7″, 6’8″?

Chrichet Mixon: Absolutely.

Investigators had been satisfied David Anthony was someway concerned in Gretchen’s disappearance. Now, monitoring Gretchen’s cellular phone might be key to discovering David.

Det. Jared Kenerson: They discover that Gretchen’s cellphone is pinging off a tower within the space of Pensacola, Florida.

Peter Van Sant: That’s like 600 miles away.

Det. Jared Kenerson: Yes. … Her cellphone was on the transfer.

Chrichet Mixon: There’s quite a lot of shifting elements right here, proper? So, we’re attempting to nonetheless reply the query, the place’s Gretchen Anthony? … Where is David Anthony? And so, these cellular phone data develop into a really essential half in in finding David Anthony.

David Anthony security video
David Anthony is seen promoting Gretchen’s jewellery in Jupiter, Florida.

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Investigators say cellphone data helped monitor David throughout Florida as he left a paper and video path — cameras recorded him stopping at jewellery shops to promote Gretchen’s jewellery. One retailer proprietor shared a memorable dialog. 

Chrichet Mixon: That he got here in eager to promote some jewellery that had been left to him by a member of the family that had died from COVID-19.

Peter Van Sant: COVID?

Chrichet Mixon: Yes.

Peter Van Sant: COVID strikes once more on this case.

Chrichet Mixon: COVID strikes once more.

Det. Jared Kenerson: And in all these movies that we had been in a position to get hold of from these completely different companies, nowhere was Gretchen seen.

While David Anthony was leaving a tantalizing path of digital breadcrumbs, he had one big benefit. Remember, that they had discovered from his mom that he was on his method to Costa Rica and might be lengthy gone.

Chrichet Mixon: We are actually working days behind David Anthony, understanding that his intentions at this level are to depart the nation.

Peter Van Sant: So, it is now — from his perspective — catch me in the event you can.

Chrichet Mixon: Yes. … Now we’re on the hunt for David Anthony.

THE MANHUNT

To her buddy Kelly Hanna, Gretchen Anthony was somebody who related immediately with everybody she met.

Kelly Hanna: She was so radiant and simply had this mild gracefulness about her, had probably the most stunning chuckle.

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“In a perfect world, you would hope and pray those people have angels around them to keep them safe,” Kelly Hanna stated of her buddy Gretchen Anthony.

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Someone who ought to someway be shielded from hurt. 

Kelly Hanna: In an ideal world, you’ll hope and pray these folks have angels round them to maintain them protected.

But now, Gretchen had been lacking for six days.

Kelly Hanna: What is happening? And why is my stunning buddy lacking?

Assistant Prosecutor Chrichet Mixon knew the important thing to discovering Gretchen was discovering her estranged husband David Anthony.

She had been advised David was on the run to Costa Rica and had a head begin. 

Chrichet Mixon: We’re attempting to make up time. We’re attempting to maneuver shortly and play catch-up.

Investigators tracked Gretchen’s and David’s cellular phone alerts, which appeared to put each telephones travelling collectively heading westward throughout Texas.

Peter Van Sant: Now, does that counsel the 2 of them … could also be on a visit collectively … that she may probably nonetheless be alive?

Det. Jared Kenerson: It means that their telephones are pinging collectively to me.

Detective Jared Kenerson did not know what occurred to Gretchen, however feared the worst. As he waited for proof taken from Gretchen’s dwelling to return again from the lab, he issued a BOLO – an alert to be looking out for David’s black Nissan truck. 

Det. Jared Kenerson: His car was listed as a felony car.

Investigators dug into David’s previous, and what they discovered was beautiful.

Dave Aronberg: So, David Anthony initially was often called David Anthony Deutsch after which later modified his identify to David Anthony.

Kelly Hanna: Nobody knew that. He’s native to the Palm Beach space, he went to the identical highschool my youngsters went to … it was bizarre that no one realized there was a distinction.

Nobody realized, as an illustration, that as David Anthony Deutsch, a star school basketball participant, he held up a Blockbuster video retailer armed with a squirt gun and assaulted a police officer. He reached a plea deal in every case and spent a brief stint in jail.

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David Anthony Deutsch was arrested in 1997 for a holdup at a Blockbuster Video retailer.

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Dave Aronberg: David Anthony has had a historical past of prison conduct. … It’s not that unusual for somebody with a prison previous to attempt to escape that previous.

Tabitha Hopkins, David’s former boss on the fitness center in Jupiter, had observed one thing odd about David

Tabitha Hopkins: He’s very proficient and his talent degree was superb, however his moods might be excessive or low.

Peter Van Sant: Do you are feeling as if he does have this Jekyll and Hyde character?

Tabitha Hopkins: One hundred %.

Tabitha says he grew to become so troublesome to handle, she was compelled to fireplace him in 2017. She gave him a second likelihood just a few years later, however by early 2020, he was more and more unstable.

Tabitha Hopkins: I principally stated, “what’s going on? What’s wrong with you? … You are not the same person that I knew.” 

Tabitha says she was compelled to fireplace him once more, and this time, she caught a glimpse of David’s horrifying rage.

Tabitha Hopkins: That look I’d by no means seen earlier than. He was offended.

Shaken, Tabitha texted Gretchen – on the time separated from David – with a warning: “STAY AWAY FROM HIM.”

Tabitha Hopkins: She had stated that he’s loopy … That’s the final time I talked to Gretchen.

That was February of 2020.

Then, just a few weeks later — simply seven days earlier than Gretchen disappeared — this occurred:

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DAVID ANTHONY: Can I rise up?

FEMALE OFFICER: No! Get down!

DAVID ANTHONY: I’m standing up!

FEMALE OFFICER: Get down! 

Police obtained a report that David was allegedly following teenaged women at a close-by purchasing heart. Once once more police physique cameras had been rolling once they approached him.

FEMALE OFFICER Get down! 

With Kobe sitting quietly within the truck, David lashed out and was charged with resisting arrest.  

MALE OFFICER: Stop resisting me!

MALE OFFICER: Sir! Flat in your face, arms out like an airplane! 

David spent just some days in jail. Investigators discovered he posted bail and was launched simply three days earlier than Gretchen disappeared.  Now, as they tracked him cross nation, they knew that they had a unstable man on the unfastened – and he was being cagey.

Chrichet Mixon: He would activate cell telephones and we might be capable to get a location after which he would flip cell telephones off.

On March 27, 2020, David’s cellphone pinged in Pecos, Texas, greater than 1,600 miles away from Jupiter.

The subsequent day, David’s cellphone pinged in Las Cruces, New Mexico. Detective Kenerson instantly reached out to Las Cruces police for assist.

Still monitoring his cellphone – and armed with an outline of the truck – Las Cruces police situated David and pulled him over.

When officers requested David about Gretchen, he advised them she had COVID.

DAVID ANTHONY: Last I heard she was in a CDC facility getting remedy for coronavirus. 

Gretchen Anthony evidence
When Las Cruces police processed David Anthony’s car, they recovered these cell telephones; one belonged to Gretchen Anthony. Investigators consider it was utilized by David to ship these pretend textual content messages from Gretchen.  

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Las Cruces police seized David’s truck and his possessions, together with his cellphone and Gretchen’s cellphone. But they did not have sufficient proof to convey David in for questioning. So, together with Kobe, he was allowed to only stroll away.

Peter Van Sant: Where does he go?

Det. Jared Kenerson: I do not know the place he went. But I knew that he was in Las Cruces on foot.

Peter Van Sant: And you are right here in Florida. What do you do?

Det. Jared Kenerson: We are awaiting the outcomes of Gretchen Anthony’s video cameras.

On March 30, 2020, Jupiter Police lastly obtained the digital recordings from Gretchen’s dwelling. They launched parts of that proof, like video from safety cameras revealing a tall determine hidden within the shadows on the patio … ready to ambush her.

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Security footage revealed this picture of a determine lurking in Gretchen Anthony’s patio on the final day she was seen alive. 

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Chrichet Mixon: The determine strikes all through the patio space.

Other footage was too disturbing to launch to “48 Hours,” together with the second Gretchen seems on the patio and the determine forces her into the storage. Investigators say they then heard Gretchen calling out to her Alexa gadget for assist.

Chrichet Mixon: She was screaming for Alexa to name 911.

Peter Van Sant: She’s calling out to that digital field, name 911. In different phrases, name the police.

Gretchen did not realize it, however until you particularly program your Alexa gadget to take action, it doesn’t name the police in an emergency.

Peter Van Sant: Do you suppose if the Alexa unit had referred to as 911, Gretchen Anthony is likely to be alive right now? 

Det. Jared Kenerson: It’s potential. 

Video retrieved from cameras within the storage present the final pictures of Gretchen alive.

Chrichet Mixon: There comes some extent the place … this individual that we see seize Gretchen, muffle her screams and take her into the storage. This particular person appears to be like up and the digital camera, realizes that it is a digital camera, and proceeds to take that digital camera and snatch it down off the wall and throws it on the ground.

Peter Van Sant: And what do you see?

Chrichet Mixon: We see David Anthony wanting up into the digital camera. …We knew that David Anthony killed Gretchen Anthony. He was the killer.

Gretchen Anthony evidence
Investigators had been in a position to get well this picture of David Anthony from Gretchen’s safety digital camera in her storage. Shortly after, David took the cameras down and hit the street. 

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Investigators lastly had the proof they wanted to make an arrest. Detective Kenerson raced to Las Cruces to search for David Anthony. 

Det. Jared Kenerson: We searched homeless areas. We searched resorts. …

Peter Van Sant: Were you nervous he was going to get away?

Det. Jared Kenerson: I used to be very nervous. I did not know the place he may have gone.

On the night of March 31, 2020, officers obtained a fortunate break once they noticed David strolling his canine Kobe.  David was detained, and Kobe was taken to a shelter.

DET. JARED KENERSON: Hey David.  

DAVID ANTHONY: Who are you?

DET. JARED KENERSON: My identify is Jared Kenerson, I’m a detective with the Jupiter Police Department.  

With all 6′ 7″ inches of David Anthony crammed into the back seat of a small police car, Detective Kenerson knelt down to look directly in the eyes of the man he was certain had killed Gretchen.

DET. JARED KENERSON: There’s a warrant for your arrest, I’m gonna explain that when—

DAVID ANTHONY: For — for what?

DET. JARED KENERSON: Excuse me? 

DAVID: For what?

DET. JARED KENERSON: Homicide.

DAVID: For who?  [Long silence]

DET. JARED KENERSON: Who do you think? 

DAVID: [Shakes his head] That’s why I asked the question.  

DET. JARED KENERSON: We’ll talk about it at the headquarters, OK? 

Kenerson had his man, but still had one looming question.

Chrichet Mixon: We still don’t have a body. … Where is Gretchen Anthony?

DENIALS & A DARE

After a manhunt crossing six states spanning nearly 2,000 miles, on March 31, 2020, David Anthony was finally in custody for the murder of his estranged wife Gretchen.

Jupiter detectives Kelly Sanders and Jared Kenerson would interrogate him at the State Police headquarters in Las Crucis, New Mexico. They had one goal: get David to reveal the location of Gretchen’s body.

Jared Kenerson: … we were in search of the truth. We’re in search of where is Gretchen Anthony. I wanted to be able to tell her family, tell her daughter, I know where she is. … And that was very important to us.

Right away, David made it clear it wouldn’t be easy. 

DET. JARED KENERSON: We have obtained … a warrant for your arrest for murder.

DAVID ANTHONY: OK. She’s alive.

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After a manhunt crossing six states spanning practically 2,000 miles, on March 31, 2020, David Anthony was lastly in custody for the homicide of his estranged spouse Gretchen. 

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Kenerson was shocked when David claimed Gretchen wasn’t useless.

Det. Jared Kenerson: Yeah. I used to be in disbelief. I knew that she wasn’t with us anymore.

Peter Van Sant: But he is defiant with you.

Det. Jared Kenerson: That’s appropriate.

Defiant and dishonest. Police say the story David advised was pure fiction.

DAVID ANTHONY: … so she was travelling with me as much as El Paso. … We had been driving separate car, so she bolted.

He stated Gretchen was on the run as a result of she’d found unlawful actions on the firm the place she labored, and somebody was after her. 

Peter Van Sant: Are you shopping for any of this?

Det. Jared Kenerson: I’m not shopping for it, no.

When requested concerning the textual content messages despatched from Gretchen’s cellphone claiming she had COVID — David was evasive.

DET. JARED KENERSON: There’s no report of her being in any hospital for COVID-19. Zero report.

DAVID ANTHONY: OK. Doesn’t — doesn’t suggest something.

When the detectives pushed tougher – insisting David despatched the messages — he pushed proper again.

DET. KELLY SANDERS: You have her cellphone.  You despatched the textual content messages.  You obtained — You planted her automotive at Jupiter Medical Center since you’re on video doing it.

DET. JARED KENERSON:  We have all that data.

DAVID ANTHONY: She had me do it.  She had me do it.

Kenerson and Sanders even confronted David with the proof captured on Gretchen’s personal video system.

DET. KELLY SANDERS: You put your hand over her mouth and dragged her into the storage.

DET. JARED KENERSON: It’s on video, David.

DAVID ANTHONY: She’s nonetheless alive.

David’s story by no means modified – he repeatedly advised the detectives Gretchen was alive.

DAVID ANTHONY: She’s alive.

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During the interrogation, Detectives Kenerson and Kelly Sanders [not pictured] advised David Anthony that that they had him on digital camera ambushing Gretchen. But he insisted she was alive 35 occasions. 

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In truth, in the course of the course of the interrogation, David Anthony made that declare 35 occasions.

Peter Van Sant: In truth, he says that again and again and over that she’s alive. Why is he saying that?

Det. Jared Kenerson: He’s attempting to deflect. David is attempting to deflect away from himself.

With every denial, the detective’s anger rose.

Det. Jared Kenerson:  It’s very irritating as a result of we all know she’s not alive.  We have proof of her not being alive.

So Kenerson switched techniques and tried to enchantment to David’s bond with Gretchen’s younger daughter.

DET. JARED KENERSON [holding up photo]: You see that little woman proper there?  I need you to have a look at her.

DAVID ANTHONY:  I like her dearly. I like her dearly.

DET. JARED KENERSON: Look at her!! I do know you do.  Look at her actual good.

And for a quick second, it appeared prefer it would possibly work.

DAVID ANTHONY: I used to be the one who taught her the way to experience a bicycle and shoot a hoop and use her consciousness.

DET. JARED KENERSON:  And that is superior.  Yup and that is superior.

DET. KELLY SANDERS:  Then do what’s proper for her.

DAVID ANTHONY:  I might by no means harm her.

DET. KELLY SANDERS: Not —

DAVID ANTHONY: I might by no means harm both of them.

DET. KELLY SANDERS: Well, you are hurting her not directly by not letting us know the place her mother is.

DAVID ANTHONY: You’ll should ask her.

DET. KELLY SANDERS:  We cannot ask her.  She’s useless.

DET. JARED KENERSON: She’s useless.

DAVID ANTHONY:  Her mom continues to be alive.  I’m telling you.

DET. JARED KENERSON: She is just not alive.

And then David tried a brand new tactic, he dared them to show their case.

DET. KELLY SANDERS: We have it on video in black and white.

DAVID ANTHONY: You do not have video of me killing her.

DET. KELLY SANDERS: How are you aware what now we have?

DAVID ANTHONY: Show it to me.

DET. KELLY SANDERS: Her useless —

DAVID ANTHONY: Show me the video!

DET. KELLY SANDERS: Her useless physique.

DAVID ANTHONY: Just present me the video. 

DET. KELLY SANDERS: Her useless physique is true there.

DAVID ANTHONY: Show me the video.

DET. JARED KENERSON: I do know that it exists.

DAVID ANTHONY: OK, then present it to me.

DET. JARED KENERSON:  You can yell and scream all you need.

DAVID ANTHONY: Just present it to me.

The detectives determined it was time to take a break. They left and despatched officers in to regulate David’s handcuffs.

DET. JARED KENERSON: David, you need a water?

Kenerson got here again alone, this time, quiet and pleasant.

David and Gretchen Anthony
During questioning, Detective Kenerson tried to enchantment to David Anthony’s bond with Gretchen’s younger daughter. 

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He made one final emotional plea by taking part in an audio recording of Gretchen’s daughter begging David to inform them the place they may discover her mom. Even that did not work.

DAVID ANTHONY: I’ve raised the woman since she was 2 years outdated. I do know her voice.

David claimed – falsely – that it wasn’t Gretchen’s daughter’s voice.  Infuriated, Kenerson determined to let him have it.

DET. JARED KENERSON: You are a monster for what you probably did.

DAVID ANTHONY: I had nothing to do with it.

DET. JARED KENERSON: You are a monster.

DAVID ANTHONY: You did not even like, you did not even, you are not even doing all your homework, man.

DET. JARED KENERSON: You are a monster.

DAVID ANTHONY: Do your homework, Jared. Do your homework.

DET. JARED KENERSON: You are a monster for what you probably did, and everyone goes to have a look at you want that.

After greater than two hours, David abruptly ended the interview.

DAVID ANTHONY: I’ll ask for a lawyer.

DET. JARED KENERSON: No downside.

DET. JARED KENERSON: I’m not asking you any extra questions.

Det. Jared Kenerson: I’m nonetheless questioning the place Gretchen is. I wasn’t in a position to go away that interview realizing the place she was, and that did not essentially sit nicely with me.

David Anthony was charged with second-degree homicide and extradited to Florida. Days later, his canine Kobe was adopted by new house owners. In Jupiter, David’s arrest made the information.

NEWS REPORT: According to a simply launched arrest report, a neighbor heard a girl’s blood-curdling scream at about six within the morning March 21.

When Kelly Hanna noticed the story, she says it broke her coronary heart.

Kelly Hanna: I simply sat down on my bed room ground and simply cried my eyes out, cried my eyes out for her daughter, for her sisters, for her mother and father, for everybody who beloved her.

David’s former boss Tabitha Hopkins felt she’d misplaced two pals.

Tabitha Hopkins: It was simply surprising. … I needed to consider it wasn’t true, nevertheless it was clearly.

Prosecutor David Aronberg had proof, and a suspect in custody, however he knew getting a conviction would not be straightforward.

Dave Aronberg:  The most troubling factor for the household and for all of us, fairly frankly, was that we didn’t have Gretchen’s physique. … And when you do not have a physique or a fashion of dying, these are difficult circumstances to prosecute.

And David Anthony knew it.

A PLEA FOR GRETCHEN

While David Anthony was held in custody in Palm Beach County, Florida, a grand jury indicted him on the cost of kidnapping and raised the homicide cost from second diploma to first.

Peter Van Sant: Could he have confronted the dying penalty with these fees?

Chrichet Mixon: Potentially.  … Yes, for first-degree homicide.

But the seek for Gretchen Anthony’s stays continued.

Dave Aronberg: That was the factor he had in his favor if this ever went to trial …

Chrichet Mixon: It was virtually as if it was his ticket.

Chrichet Mixon: It was the worst a part of it for me, the truth that he was in a position to make use of proof of his crime as leverage.

That truth additionally weighed closely on Gretchen’s household.

Chrichet Mixon: The considered Gretchen being on the market alone perpetually was very unsettling for them. … I feel the household needed life in jail, however they needed Gretchen.

In December 2020, with the winter holidays looming, it was turning into tragically obvious that authorities might by no means discover Gretchen with out her alleged killer’s assist.

Dave Aronberg: And so, we entered into negotiations with David Anthony’s protection lawyer. And we’re in a position to work out a settlement of 38 years in jail.

That settlement required David Anthony to plead responsible to second-degree homicide and reveal the situation of Gretchen’s stays.

Chrichet Mixon: David Anthony pleads responsible.

David Anthony booking photo
Ultimately, the safety footage that investigators recovered from Gretchen Anthony’s dwelling  — and different proof  — helped safe a responsible plea for second-degree homicide and kidnapping in opposition to David Anthony.

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On December 21, 9 months to the day after Gretchen Anthony went lacking, David Anthony lastly admits what everybody already knew: he murdered his spouse.

Chrichet Mixon: We had been capable of finding Gretchen that day.

Chrichet Mixon: It was a reduction as a result of I do know that’s what her household needed, and to have the ability to give that to them, it meant loads.

David Anthony selected a nondescript patch of grass, just some miles from her home, behind a Walmart and subsequent to a retirement dwelling to cover his spouse’s stays. Detective Jared Kenerson took “48 Hours” there.

Peter Van Sant: How does somebody bury a physique right here and never get caught?

Det. Jared Kenerson: I do not know. I do not know.

Peter Van Sant: This discovery, that will need to have been fairly a second for you.

Det. Jared Kenerson: It was very emotional for me. It was very emotional for all of us that had been concerned.

After months of uncertainty, Gretchen’s household may lastly lay her to relaxation.

Chrichet Mixon: And I may see as laborious of a time as this has been or had been for the household, I may see that there was some form of peace.

An post-mortem was carried out, which defined why that neighbor heard screams the morning Gretchen disappeared.

Peter Van Sant: What was the reason for dying?

Det. Jared Kenerson: The reason behind dying was stab wounds to the neck and to the torso.

Chrichet Mixon: … there have been some defensive wounds. … She fought for her life.

On January 14, 2021, Gretchen’s sister, Sarah Carey, and the remainder of their household got here nose to nose with David Anthony at his sentencing listening to.  

SARAH CAREY: You used what you probably did to barter one thing for your self … You are pure evil.  

SARAH CAREY: You stole a mom away from her little one, a daughter away from her mom … You are a monster.  You are a coward. … You can by no means be forgiven.

Then, it got here time for the person who created all this ache to talk. He gave a weird rationalization for his actions.

DAVID ANTHONY: My illusions noticed the COVID pandemic as an finish of the world prophecy, an Armageddon that I felt compelled to flee irrespective of the price. Instead of being a person, I selected to be a coward. I attempted to steal what wasn’t mine, and within the course of, I ended a life. Her life had worth, her life had which means, and I stole that life.

Kelly Hanna:  I’ll name B.S. on that, laborious. Hogwash. …   That’s appalling. Absolutely appalling.

And he left so many questions unanswered.

Chrichet Mixon: We won’t ever know. We won’t ever know. We won’t ever know why he ended Gretchen’s life.         

Kelly Hanna: I feel that is the toughest query to ask is why. And typically you simply must consider that there are greater powers in place which have an even bigger plan. 

Gretchen Anthony and her daughter
Gretchen Anthony and her daughter.

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And now Gretchen’s family and friends are left attempting to make sense of all of it.

Peter Van Sant: How is Gretchen’s daughter doing?

Chrichet Mixon: You know, youngsters are resilient. She is blessed to have her father in her life … and she or he seems to be doing nicely.

Kelly Hanna:  So, if one particular person was touched by how a lot she beloved folks, by how a lot she beloved her little one, by how a lot she simply beloved residing life to the fullest … then her life mattered.

David Anthony is scheduled to be launched from jail in 2058. He can be 81 years outdated.


Produced by Chris O’Connell and Mary Ann Rotondi. Ryan N. Smith, Cindy Cesare, Claire St. Amant, Tamara Weitzman and Sara Ely Hulse are the event producers. Michelle Feuer is the sphere producer. Shaheen Tokhi and Chelsea Narvaez are the affiliate producers. Marcus Balsam, Michelle Harris and James Taylor are the editors. Anthony Batson is the senior broadcast producer. Nancy Kramer is the chief story editor. Judy Tygard is the chief producer. 



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