Man charged with killing woman whose body was found near Northland park

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - A 37-year-old Kansas City, Mo., man was charged Friday with the murder of a woman whose body was found Nov. 29 just outside the borders of Platte Purchase Park.

The Jackson County Prosecutor charged Gustavo M. Ortiz Friday with second-degree murder in the death of Denise Streeter.

According to court documents, a witness told police she and Ortiz picked Streeter up at a Kansas City, Kan., casino for the purpose of buying drugs from her. They went to the Kansas City, Mo., home of the witness and Ortiz, where they consumed drugs before Ortiz and Streeter began arguing. The two allegedly began fighting, and Ortiz strangled Streeter.

Ortiz then allegedly loaded Streeter's body onto a truck and then ordered the witness to drive to north Kansas City. Ortiz is said to have dumped Streeter's body on private property just outside the park boundaries. He then ordered the witness to dump Streeter's purse on the street some blocks away from the park.

A search of the living room floor in the residence where the murder is alleged to have occurred is said to have resulted in a positive chemical test for the presence of blood.

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