Lashawn Johnson; Angela Russo
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The body of a missing Arizona woman who was last seen April 19 while on a date with a man has been found in a shallow grave.

According to CBS 5, 25-year-old Angela Russo’s body was found in a desert area in Maricopa County last week. Police announced that Lashawn Johnson, who was already in jail on unrelated charges, was charged with murder Sunday.


“Very difficult to put into words. It’s probably the most excruciating pain,” Diana Schalow, Russo’s mother, told the news station. “It does actually give us a slight bit of closure. You go to sleep with different pain, but at least we’ve gone searching for her so many times.”

Russo was last seen April 19 around 6 p.m. in a blue Honda Accord. Authorities picked up her cellphone in the Maryvale area of Phoenix.

“She did not know him,” Schalow told ABC 15. “It was just trying to go out on a date to get to know somebody.”

The cause of Russo’s death has not been released.

Read more at CBS 5 and ABC 15.

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