Bond for the suspect in 16-year-old Alexandria Chery's disappearance was set at $200,000 on Tuesday, as new details emerged suggesting why authorities preliminarily identified a body found Friday as hers.
Newly available court records revealed that authorities found a pink-stoned belly-button ring on that body, as well as a T-shirt covered in "@" symbols and light-purple toenail polish. A hair weave also was found near the body.
All of those details match Alexandria, her family told investigators.
The body was found near Interstate 4 and the ChampionsGate community. In court Tuesday, prosecutor Ryan Vescio confirmed that cell phone pings from the teen's phone helped lead searchers to that area.
Sanel Saint Simon, the suspect in Alexandria's disappearance and her mother's longtime live-in boyfriend, sat silently as Vescio detailed the growing case against him.
The prosecutor argued Saint Simon is a flight risk, justifying higher-than-usual bond on the low-level felonies he's currently facing: obstruction of a criminal investigation and tampering with evidence.
Alexandria was last seen alive July 28 in her bedroom at the Hawthorne Groves apartments, according to her mother.
Saint Simon is accused of trying to destroy evidence and lying to authorities while the search for her was underway.
Vescio said Saint Simon, of Haiti, entered the U.S. illegally, but was granted temporary protected status recently, allowing him to be here. Circuit Judge Renee Roche agreed that Saint Simon is a flight risk.
She set his bond at $100,000 on each of two counts.
Authorities are still awaiting scientific confirmation that the body found Friday is Alexandria, but the Orange County Sheriff's Office has said "probable cause" exists to establish she is dead.
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