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Man serving time for robbery is charged in shooting of woman who was found in ice chest

A man serving time on a robbery conviction has been charged with murder in the November 2015 shooting death of a Huntington Beach woman whose body was found stuffed in a large ice chest in the back of a stolen car. 

Anthony Moreno, a 38-year-old Latino,was charged with murder and possession of a firearm by a felon on April 25 in the death of Dawn Frances McEveety, 19, according to a spokesman from the Los Angeles County district attorney's office. Moreno is scheduled to be arraigned on May 25 the Los Angeles County Superior Court's Bellflower Courthouse.

Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department homicide investigators are still looking for accomplices, Lt. John Corina told The Times. Moreno uses a wheelchair and would have needed help in moving the victim's body, Corina said.

Investigators believe Moreno shot McEveety at a residence in the 11900 block of 183rd Street in Artesia on Nov. 24, 2015. Her body was found in the back of a stolen Toyota Celica hatchback five days later, on Nov. 29, in the 8600 block of Bradwell Avenue in West Whittier-Los Nietos. 

Corina said Moreno was an acquaintance of McEveety, but he refused to provide further details because of the ongoing investigation. He said Moreno was arrested and sentenced to state prison for an unrelated robbery after the shooting. A judge has issued a removal order from the state prison so Moreno can be arraigned. 

McEveety left her family home in Huntington Beach in 2014, according to Lt. Dave Coleman, and not much is known about where she was living after that, except for a few misdemeanor drug arrests in Fullerton, Santa Ana and Buena Park. 

Anyone with information is asked to call the Sheriff's Department Homicide Bureau at (323) 890-5500. Those wishing to remain anonymous should call Crime Stoppers at (800) 222-8477. 

Contact the Homicide Report. Follow @latimeshomicide on Twitter.

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