Police make arrest after body of woman found in trunk

FOX 35 News at 10 p.m.

- Authorities have made an arrest in the death of a Palm Bay woman.  Police say Stephen Paul Warrington, 25, is in custody, a day after the body of Jillian Kusznir was found in the trunk of an abandoned car that was parked on Vienna Street.  A media briefing was expected sometime Thursday evening. 

For most of the day, crime scene technicians removed possible evidence from a two-story home on Van Loon Street in Palm Bay.   It began at 2 a.m., when detectives obtained a search warrant for the home that witnesses and family members say could have been the last place the 22-year-old Kusznir was seen alive.

Palm Bay Police Detective John Resh says Kusznir was found murdered one street over, in the trunk of her mother's silver Buick.   A resident who first saw the car, called 911 when he noticed the trunk was open.  "I think there's a dead body in it," said the caller.  Then, he told the operator he checked the video recorded by his surveillance camera.  "I've got surveillance on my building, and I have somebody dropping it off last night about a quarter after five."

The surveillance video from his home showed someone walking away from the car the day before, at 5:15 in the evening.  "Those videos have been very beneficial. I will leave it at that," said Detective Resh. 

In 2013, Kusznir was a witness to the violent shooting deaths of two friends inside Stephen Wright's home on Thuringer Street in Palm Bay.  Kusznir told detectives she bought marijuana from Wright, when her friends, Dylan Kane and Sean Pino, got into an argument with him and forced their way inside the home. Wright shot and killed both men, but after interviewing witnesses, including Kusznir, the State Attorney's Office decided her friend's deaths were justifiable homicides.   No charges were filed in the case.

Details of how Kusznir died have not been released. 

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