The Marquee Night Club in NYC bills itself as a premiere hot spot. It is a place for big stars…and the star-struck.
But just before dawn last Wednesday, this upscale lounge was the setting for an encounter between a convicted sex offender and a young woman – new to New York City- who hasn't been seen since.
The disappearance of Laura Garza, a 25-year-old transplant from Texas, has been splashed across the front pages of New York's local newspapers over speculation that what began as a mystery could in fact turn into a case of murder.
Right now, police are focusing their attention on this sex offender named Michael Mele. He owns a Quiznos franchise in upstate New York. He reportedly may have been trying to destroy evidence connecting him to Ms. Garza. According to the New York Daily News, investigators say large patches of rug were removed from Mele's home when they investigated over the weekend.
But there is more. The Daily News says Mele had scratch marks on his neck and bite marks on his hands. They also recovered a machete and a woman's shoe from a dumpster near his home in Upstate NY.
Mele has not been charged with any crime as of now. The 23-year-old is, however, in custody on an unrelated probation violation.
Security cameras from the Marquee apparently captured Mele and Garza getting cozy inside the club. CCTV cams also captured Mele and Garza leaving together last Wednesday night, the night she was last seen.
Garza lives in Brooklyn. She is described as a bright, beautiful young woman by those who knew her. Question is: Will she ever be seen again?
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