Police: Body found in dumpster in Fort Lauderdale is missing pregnant woman, husband arrested

FORT LAUDERDALE, FLA. (WSVN) - Police said a man who is accused of killing his pregnant wife faced a judge in court after, officials said, he made a chilling confession.

Twenty-three-year-old Cassandritz Blanc faced a judge in court, Wednesday.

“You’re wheeling a garbage can with a mutilated dead body in it,” the judge said, “as well as once under arrest and post Miranda [warning], there was a full confession.”

Police believe that Blanc killed his pregnant wife, 20-year-old Martine Bernard, on June 4 and kept her body in her Fort Lauderdale apartment for a week before he placed it in a dumpster, feet from her home.

She had been reported missing before Fort Lauderdale and Hollywood Police confirmed that the body found in a dumpster near Downtown Fort Lauderdale was Bernard.

She was six months pregnant at the time she was reported missing.

Fort Lauderdale Police later arrested Bernard’s husband, charging him with first-degree murder.

The discovery of Bernard’s body came after her father, 68-year-old Roosevelt Bernard, was found dead on Monday near his Hollywood home after he also went missing over the weekend. Blanc is also a suspect in his murder.

The Hollywood family has been left to grieve two deaths. “Devastated, everyone, everybody who knows her, who knows their family,” said a family friend.

One of the victim’s friends couldn’t believe what happened.

“I’m shocked, I am shocked that things like this would happen to the Bernard family,” said Sydney Johnson. “There’s such a breakdown. I think it’s signs of the time.”

Family members were in disbelief by the discovery of their missing loved ones.

“This is a freaking movie. This doesn’t happen in real life. It’s unbelievable,” said Joane Bernard, the daughter of Roosevelt and sister to Martine.

Blanc is currently being held without bond and is only charged in the death of his wife at this time. Charges related to the death of her father could come next.

If you have any information on this death investigation, call Broward County Crime Stoppers at 954-493-TIPS.

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