'Be careful': Disturbing detail in woman’s holiday photo

Olivia Lambert
·News Editor
·4-min read

A chilling detail has been spotted in a Spring Break photo after a woman was found dead in a hotel room.

De'Asia Skillern, 22, posed for a photo in a bikini at a Miami beach, in the US state of Florida, before uploading the photo to social media complaining about two men who photobombed her.

In the picture, two men are seen walking past her signalling as they stare into the camera a day after another young woman's body was found.

After posting the image, Ms Skillern was shocked when a friend informed her the two men were suspected of raping and drugging Christine Englehardt who was found dead in a hotel room in Miami.

De'Asia Skillern (left) poses in a bikini while Dorian Taylor (centre) and Evoire Collier (right) are seen in the background.
De'Asia Skillern (left) posted a picture where she was photobombed by Dorian Taylor (centre) and Evoire Collier (right). Source: Twitter

It is alleged the men, 21-year-old Evoire Collier and 24-year-old Dorian Taylor, were seen on surveillance footage accompanying Ms Englehardt to her hotel room on March 17 before police received reports of an unconscious female in the South Beach hotel on March 18.

The men were arrested on Sunday, accused of drugging and raping the woman who later died of a possible overdose after she was found dead.

The men are accused of stealing the dead woman's credit cards to help fund their South Beach vacation, the police arrest report says.

Investigators are looking into whether the woman died of a drug overdose, possibly a substance supplied by the men, who said they gave her a “green pill", according to the arrest report.

They were charged with sexual battery as well as burglary with battery, theft and credit card fraud.

Whether the two are charged with manslaughter or murder will depend on what caused the woman’s death, which a medical examiner has not yet released.

Woman's warning after photo emerges

The photo that emerged, taken one day after Ms Englehardt's body was found, has suggested the men continued to celebrate Spring Break following the tragedy.

Ms Skillern, who took the photo on March 19, posted about her realisation on Twitter and warned people to be on alert.

"You never know what type of people are around you... be careful," she wrote on Twitter.

She also said in a post on Facebook she did not know the men.

Christine Englehardt stands on a balcony in front of a beach.
Christine Englehardt was found dead in her hotel room last week. Source: Facebook

A GoFundMe page has now been set up by a friend of Ms Englehardt, with more than $40,000 already raised for her family.

The friend wrote on the page Ms Englehardt's future had been stolen from her in a "sickening way" and her family deserved to be helped for "raising such an amazing human being only to have her taken from us way too soon".

"Anyone who knows this beautiful girl knows that she had the biggest heart there was and her laugh was nothing short of memorable," the GoFundMe page said.

"Christine was only 24 years old and family and friends were everything to her."

Police spring break crackdown

With more than 1000 arrests and nearly 100 gun seizures already during this year's Spring Break season at Florida's South Beach, officials are thinking it may finally be time to cleanse the hip neighbourhood of its law-breaking, party-all-night vibe.

The move comes after years of increasingly stringent measures — banning alcohol from beaches, cancelling concerts and food festivals — have failed to stop the city from being overrun with out-of-control parties and anything-goes antics.

The past weekend alone Spring Breakers and other tourists hitting Florida to take advantage of relaxed coronavirus restrictions gathered by the thousands, at times breaking into street fights, destroying restaurant property and causing several dangerous stampedes.

Police officers from the Miami Beach Police Department enforce a curfew during Spring Break.
Miami Beach Police Department officers enforce the South Beach 8pm curfew. Source: AAP

The situation got so out of hand that Miami Beach Police brought in SWAT teams to disperse pepper bullets and called in law enforcement officers from at least four other agencies.

Ultimately, the city decided to order an emergency 8pm curfew that will likely extend well into April after the Spring Break season is over.

Some tourists are angry about the curfew, which they say has put a damper on long-sought vacations for which they paid good money.

with Associated Press

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