A MISSING Florida man was found dead in his car trunk on Friday after having an altercation with his ex-girlfriend and her new boyfriend.
Detectives with the Orange County Sheriff's Office have arrested two people after using surveillance footage to determine how Melvin Ray Wilcox's car was stolen.
The sheriff's office said the suspects, Johnny Wesley, 42, and Lawshawn Triplett, the 43-year-old mother of Wilcox's child, ran into the victim at the Central Florida Fair on March 13, WESH reported.
There was reportedly a criminal complaint filed against Wesley and Triplett after the run-in.
It said that said Wilcox got into an argument with Wesley at the fair after finding out he had been dating Triplett for about a year.
A surveillance video then showed Wilcox entering Wesley's home at about 2am on Tuesday, but there was no footage of him leaving.
Several people were seen in the video trying to move Wilcox's Honda Civic outside of Wesley's house and eventually someone had to start it with jumper cables, according to Law & Crime.
Officials said someone then backed the vehicle up to the door of the home before all of the lights in the residence were turned off and a man drove the vehicle away.
Officials did not identify the driver of Wilcox's car, but they did say Wesley was seen an hour later walking back home, putting two large trash bags into his own vehicle, and then driving away to return 15 minutes later.
Wilcox's mother was the person who reported his car missing.
Authorities said she was aware of his dispute with Wesley.
She said that Wilcox told her he was going to see a friend on the morning of March 15, but that friend said that Wilcox never arrived.
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The mother contacted Wesley who apparently told her that Wilcox left Wesley's house in his car after they got into another fight.
Wesley said he had to jumpstart Wilcox's Civic because it had a dead battery.
Investigators believe Wilcox was likely shot in Wesley's home, and his body was moved away in the missing vehicle.
Police said they sound the victim's blood inside Wesley's home alongside bullet holes and a 9mm shell casing when they searched the residence.
Wilcox was found on Friday, and officials determined he had been shot in the head and twice in the area of his shoulder and neck.
Detectives said that the decedent knew Wesley and Triplett well as he had a child with Triplett and dated her for 15 years.
Wesley and Triplett are both facing first-degree murder with a firearm charges.
The two are being held on no bail, and records do not show attorneys for either Wesley or Triplett.
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