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Florida man arrested after wife’s remains found

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Authorities in Broward County have arrested a man in connection to the death of his missing wife after her remains were found.

Ernest Gordon was arrested on Friday after the body of Wanda Gordon was found in a secluded area in 10600 block of State Street in Tamarac.

Officials say Ernest reported his ex-wife missing on November 7th. He told authorities that the last time he saw her was on November 4th at 6:00 a.m. as he was leaving for work.

He then contacted the police after she failed to contact him over several days.

Wanda’s children told investigators that they knew their mother had a date on November 4th but that is all the information that they could give.

Police followed up with the person Wanda was said to have gone on a date with and found surveillance, receipts, and other information to back up their story that Wanda went home after their date.

On November 23rd, the Homicide Unit took over the investigation who then asked Ernest for permission to search Wanda’s vehicle and phone.

Phone records showed that Wanda arrived near her home at 2856 NW Eighth St. about 1 a.m. on  Nov. 5. Then at 4 a.m., the device then traveled from the home west toward a rural area near U.S. Route 27.

When authorities went to the area, they found surveillance video of a white pick up truck that had been stopped by an officer working an off-duty shift in the area.

When they followed up with the officer, the officer told them that they pulled over the vehicle because they found it strange that the driver was in the area so early in the morning. The officer was able to identify the driver as Ernest, and reported that he seemed a little nervous and had three trash bags in the back of his truck.  The officer says he took photos of the trash and let Ernest off with a warning about illegal dumping.

Authorities then went back to question Ernest and began finding inconsistences in his story.

Ernest has since been arrested and is facing murder charges.