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What happened to Charlotte Angie?

Neighbour accused of killing adult film star and then posing as her on WhatsApp

A man has been arrested for allegedly murdering an adult film star and chopping her body into pieces before impersonating her to cover his tracks.

According to Italian police, Milan-based bank employee Davide Fontana has admitted killing his neighbour Carol Maltesi, a 26-year-old Italian-Dutch performer known as Charlotte Angie, with a hammer in January.

Fontana is alleged to have cut her into 15 pieces and “put the dismembered body in a freezer that he installed in her house”, before staging an elaborate cover-up, reported The Telegraph.

‘I’m OK’

Fontana is said to have paid the dead woman’s rent and responded to messages on her phone in order to make it look like she was still alive. The 43-year-old bank clerk allegedly sent a text to Maltesi’s mother saying that she had “left porn” and but was too busy to explain why.

He is also reported to have sent what The Daily Beast described as “kinky” messages to her boyfriend, who lives in Holland. 

Despite the alleged cover-up attempts, Maltesi was reported missing after failing to turn up to an event at a lap dancing club earlier this month. Fontana is said to have then dumped her remains in bin bags off a mountain road in the Brescia province, two hours from Milan.

The dismembered body was found last week, “by a passer-by who spotted a hand with purple glitter nail polish”, according to The Telegraph.

Investigators were unable to identify the body, because the face had been burned, but issued a description that included details of 11 tattoos on the body parts.

When several concerned friends and fans who recognised the tattoos tried to contact Maltesi, Fontana is allegedly texted back:  “Yes, they look like mine. But luckily I’m OK.”

‘Assassin on the loose’

As police continued trying to identify the body, a local investigative journlist began looking into the disappearance of Maltesi, “who had started working as an OnlyFans model during the pandemic and had taken part in a number of adult films”, according to The Sun.

Andrea Tortelli told The Telegraph that began to message her WhatsApp account after getting “a tip-off” about the true identity of the dismembered woman. Although he received replies that appeared to be from Maltesi, the exchange went silent when Tortelli pressed for a voice message to confirm her identity – leading him to contact law enforcers.

“I thought ‘the only person who would reply pretending to be a dead woman is the person who killed her. So basically there is an assassin on the loose.’ I decided to take all my information to the Carabinieri,” Tortelli said.

After police released her name, Fontana is reported to have come forward claiming that he knew Maltesi but had nothing to do with her disappearance. 

However, detectives who claim to have spotted inconsistencies in his story began tracking his movements over recent months. Video surveillance archives allegedly showed Fontana and Maltesi getting into her car in January.

And according to police, a search of his home uncovered bin bags like those used to wrap her dismembered body, along with DNA evidence linking Fontana to the murder.

When confronted with the evidence, Fontana is said to have confessed that he “accidentally” killed her during a consensual tryst.

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