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Murdered Caroline woman to be memorialized
It’s been 17 years, and now Joe Marto can finally lay his daughter to rest.
A moment of silence will be held on the 17th anniversary of her death and she will be honorably recognized by the U.S. Army as “Lisa Marto,” her maiden name, he said.
Lisa Gaudenzi was last seen with her husband Lawrence on Jan. 26, 1995, in Ruther Glen.
She was reported missing when she failed to show up for scheduled officer training school with the Army.
Her disappearance had been a cold case for 13 years until Caroline Commonwealth’s Attorney Tony Spencer announced in 2008 that he would be prosecuting Lawrence Gaudenzi for murder following a Virginia State Police investigation.
According to online missing-person reports, Lawrence Gaudenzi told police he dropped his wife off at a Greyhound bus station in Richmond for a trip to Fort Lee. Police later determined, however, that there was no bus that took that route, according to the reports.
Lawrence Gaudenzi pleaded guilty on the third day of his jury trial to second degree murder in May 2009 and was sentenced to 25 years in prison. He claimed Lisa fell down and broke her neck.
But her body was still missing until June 2010 when Lawrence Gaudenzi led investigators to a remote area of Massaponax Church Road in Spotsylvania County, where he had disposed of it. The site was about 30 miles from the couple’s home in Lake Land’Or.
Investigators were still able to find remnants of the sleeping bag he used to wrap her body in after he killed her at their house.
Investigators also found several plastic bottles of brick washing acid that he discarded at the scene. He had put the sleeping bag inside a metal drum and then filled the drum with the powerful acid, investigators say.
A porcelain dental bridge that she received after a car accident when she was a teenager was all that was left of her remains.