On June 24, 2020, 17-year-old Lesley Luna Pantaleo went missing from Montgomery, Alabama. She left her family’s home driving her mother’s 2006 Blue Chevrolet Trailblazer. When she didn’t come home and didn’t pick up her phone, her family desperately reported her as missing. Lesley’s body was found on July 4, 2020 in a nearby creek.
She was beaten and riddled with stab wounds. Investigators believe that she was dead before her family even knew that she was missing. It took two and a half weeks to find the main suspects of the murder and lock them up. The community was shocked to learn that Lesley died at the hands of 3 other teenage girls, all 16-years-old.
The three teenagers have been charged in the death of Lesley Pantaleo. According to Montgomery police, Ta’Niya Merriweather, Erin Taylor and Tyeshia Whisenant have each been charged with capital murder.
Lesley was reported missing by her parents on June 24. Her body was later discovered in Catoma Creek on July 4. She had been driving a 2006 Blue Chevrolet Trailblazer, which is believed to have been taken along with her phone after her death.
Police received a tip of a body in the creek on July 4 and made the grim discovery of Lesley. Initially, Lesley’s cause of death was unknown but new evidence prompted investigators to investigate it as a homicide. The investigation discovered Lesley and the suspects were involved in a fight. As a result of the fight, Lesley received injuries which led to her death.
According to court documents, Lesley was killed between 3 AM and 6.45 AM on the same day she vanished in an area near 3885 Old Selma Road, less than half a mile from where she was found. The court documents said Lesley was attacked with a metal pole and stabbed with a knife. Her phone and vehicle were taken after her death.
However, it is unclear at this time which of the suspects is accused of killing Lesley Pantaleon, and no motive has yet been given for the killing. Charged as adults, all three suspects were taken into custody and booked in the Montgomery County Detention Facility.