Joseph Steinfeld murder leads to three arrests, eyes gouged out for sexual gratification. Victim sometimes identified as female.
Three individuals have been arrested in connection to the murder of missing Missouri teen, Joseph Matthew Steinfeld.
Arrested on Thursday were two females and one male, identified as Andrew Vrba, 18, the man’s girlfriend, Isis Schauer, 18; and Briana Calderas, 24 reported the Houston Herald.
The trio’s arrest comes after Steinfeld’s body was found sexually mutilated and burnt at Caldera’s mobile home near Cabool, Texas County after his family reported him missing on September 14.
The family told of the last people the missing youth was seen with were the suspects. He was last heard from on September 1.
Investigators believe the death occurred on September 3, six days before Steinfeld would have turned 18.
Upon their arrest, all three suspects were charged with first-degree murder and abandonment of a corpse. Vrba and his girlfriend, Isis Schauer, were also booked with armed criminal action charges.
Joseph Steinfeld who sometimes identified as female was last seen with the suspects before disappearing:
The break in the case came when police discovered the female suspects had messaged each other on Facebook about the murder.
Vrba confessed to officers that he had attempted to poison Steinfeld before stabbing him to death inside the mobile home and burning his body with the help of the women.
The female suspects told cops that Vrba had bragged about sexually mutilating the teen and gouging his eyes out.
According to a probable cause statement, the women traveled to Walmart in Houston and Mountain Grove to buy items to aid in the burning.
Some of Steinfeld’s bones were placed in a chicken coop on the property.
‘It is a grisly terrible series of heinous acts by the accused,’ Texas County Prosecutor Parke Stevens Jr. told via the Houston Herald.
Of note, a report via KY3 told of Steinfeld’s family saying the missing youth ‘sometimes’ identifies as female, going by the name Ally Matthew Steinfeld on social media.
Police say they are not yet treating the murder as a hate crime but also note that the investigation is ongoing, saying they expect more arrests. In the interim police are waiting for DNA results to positively identify Steinfeld’s remains.
All three suspects are being held without bail.
A GoFundMe has been set up to help the family deal with funeral expenses.