ORLANDO, Fla. - The Medical Examiner's Office has confirmed a body found in Osceola County Friday morning is that of missing Orlando teen Alexandria Chery.
The confirmation comes one day after suspect Sanel Saint Simon's bond was lowered to $200,000. Prosecutors wanted Saint Simon's bond increased to $500,000, but the judge settled on $200,000 with
pretrial release supervision, which means the judge wants to know where Saint Simon is going to be living.
The 16-year-old was reported missing early last week before her body was found Friday. The ME's Office said
it used dental comparisons to positively identify the body.
Saint Simon, 43, the boyfriend of Chery's mother, is charged with providing false information to a law enforcement officer and attempted destruction of evidence. On Monday, an additional charge of felony obstruction of a criminal investigation was filed against him.
He's is accused of lying about Chery's disappearance and trying to clean up the bloody crime scene at her home.
Chery’s mom found her room ransacked, and investigators said sheets were stripped from her bed, many of her belongings were gone and blood was found on a teddy bear in her bedroom.
Authorities said there was also a strong smell of bleach and they found a pair of bleach-soaked men’s underwear underneath her bed.
While Saint Simon has been named the prime suspect in Chery's disappearance, he has not yet been charged with murder.
This week, Channel 9 learned Saint Simon is an immigrant from Haiti,
initially in the U.S. illegally, who was granted temporary protection status by the Department of Homeland Security.
Saint Simon came to the U.S. after an earthquake devastated his country four years ago.
"It's kind of an offer that they can give back to these countries to help them get themselves back on their feet," said immigration lawyer David Stoller.
Despite the fact he came to the U.S. illegally, taxpayers will be on the hook for thousands of dollars if he goes to trial. If convicted, however, he may be deported.
"I think the guy has some immigration problems one way or another, but those may be later on down the road," said Stoller. "In the meantime, sounds like the folks in Orange County are going to be paying the tab for this case."
If Saint Simon is charged with killing Chery and is convicted, an immigration judge would determine when he is deported. From there, it would be up to the Haitian government to decide what happens to him.