When the 20-year-old Laura Michelle Hunt was found murdered by the side of a road in Polk City, Fla., one feature in particular allowed her body to easily be identified: the words "pray for death" tattooed in large, scrawling, script on her right forearm.
Hunt was strangled to death, according to a medical examiner, and was found lying face down with a belt around her neck, reported CBS. Dental records helped confirm the body's identity.
Hunt's ex-boyfriend, Patrick Eugene Wilkey, 21, was arrested Thursday and charged with first degree murder and theft, according to the Sun-Sentinel.
The affidavit said Wilkey confessed to killing his ex-girlfriend, putting her in the trunk of her car and driving around with the body for two days before dropping it on the side of the road. He also filled up on gas with her credit card, Bay News 9 reported.
Kimberley Hunt, the deceased's mother, told the Daily Mail that Wilkey was notoriously jealous and had told Hunt he would kill her if she broke up with him. She had ended their relationship recently, Kimberley Hunt said.
Wilkey is now being held without bail in county jail. He has previously been charged with petite theft, burglary, grand theft of a firearm and dealing in stolen property.
As for the mystery of her cryptic tattoo, Hunt's friend David Wheelus told the Daily Mail that she chose the tattoo for its "shock factor" and planned to get another tattoo reading "love for life."
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