Osceola County Sheriff Russ Gibson said they eventually realized Zengotita-Torres was the wrong woman, but they killed her anyway.
Authorities found Janice Zengotita-Torres' body Tuesday in Volusia County.
Sheriff Gibson said, "However, the suspects continued with their plan of murder, and tied the victim with the zip ties and then her head in duct tape and garbage bags".
Zengotita-Torres passed on of suffocation.
The suspects followed the wrong woman out of the dark store and to her apartment where they "forcibly put the victim into the back of her own vehicle, and then drove away", Gibson said.
Zengotita-Torres worked at the same store as the intended target and the two looked similar, investigators said. Reports state that the killer duo forced Zengotita-Torres into the trunk of her auto, tortured her for her ATM card, and then suffocated and killed her with garbage bags.
Zengotita-Torres went missing on January 8.
Authorities arrested Lopez-Ramos on Friday after she was caught on surveillance camera allegedly wearing Zengotita-Torres's clothing while trying to use the victim's ATM card.
Hitmen kidnap, torture, and murder wrong person
Gibson praised the actions of the family in securing the arrests.
She confessed and implicated Montes and Rivera, who were arrested at a hotel in Orange County. However, at some point during the attack, they discovered that they had picked up the wrong person but still made a decision to move forward with the murder.
He described Zengotita-Torres as a truly innocent victim who had no involvement with the three suspects. That woman, who was never harmed, and Zengotita-Torres, who was married and the mother of a 14-year-old boy, were co-workers. He described it as one of the most freaky and heinous crimes he's investigated during his time in law enforcement.
A murder-for-hire plot spun out of a love triangle went awry when the wrong woman was kidnapped and killed, authorities said. "This mother, this wife, this daughter, for no reason at all", Gibson said, WESH reported.
Lopez-Ramos then hired Alexis Ramos-Rivera and Glorianmarie Quinones Montes to carry out the murder, the station reported. Their criminal history was not immediately available.
The three women charged in her death all came to Central Florida from Puerto Rico in late December, deputies said.
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