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Angela Russo

LaShawn Johnson is accused of murdering Angela Russo two years ago.

The Phoenix man accused of murdering a Maricopa woman two years ago is set to go to trial.

Angela Russo, 24, went missing April 19, 2016, after going on a date. More than a month later, her remains were found buried in Tonopah.

LaShawn Johnson, now 28, is charged with first-degree murder, kidnapping, sexual assault, robbery, auto theft, arson and concealing a body. If convicted, he could be sentenced to life in prison. Prosecutors are not seeking the death penalty.

The two apparently met on a dating website. The case received worldwide attention two years ago during the five-week search for Russo.

Johnson’s roommate allegedly provided investigators information that led them to Russo’s remains. Also found was her burned car.

Jury selection is scheduled to being Wednesday in Judge David O. Cunanan courtroom. The trial itself is set to last through Aug. 14.

Russo’s mother Diana Schalow and family continue to operate an Angela Alert on Facebook to help find missing people.

Family, friends and community members turned out to light candles for Angela Russo's 25th birthday. The Maricopa woman remains missing after three weeks. Photo by Raquel Hendrickson

Tuesday night at Copper Sky, the Schalow family celebrated the 25th birthday of Angela Russo, who has been missing for three weeks. The family had Pastor Sharon Logan of ACTS Christian Center read a statement to update the community on the search.

Angela Russo
Angela Russo

More than two weeks after her family last heard from her, no trace has been found of a Maricopa woman.

Angela Russo, 24, hasn’t been seen since April 19. She texted her mother Diana Schalow to tell her she was going out to dinner and would be home the following evening. But she never returned to the Maricopa home.

Her mother reported her missing April 21 to the Maricopa Police Department. Both MPD and the Schalow family started searches and investigations, but all have met with dead ends.

MPD spokesman Ricardo Alvarado said the department has followed up on all leads but have “nothing new so far.”

Russo’s phone was reportedly last used in the area of 51st Avenue and Indian School Road. That phone is no longer working.

Russo’s car is also missing. It is a blue 2007 Honda Accord with Arizona plates BNL 1629.

Russo works as a medical assistant in Ahwatukee.

MPD issued a “be on the lookout” (BOLO) alert for Russo and her vehicle to agencies statewide.

According to the National Missing and Unidentified Persons System’s Missing Persons Database, there are as many as 85,000 active missing person cases nationwide at any given time.

In Arizona, there are 1,130 current missing-person cases. Thirty percent (330) are females.

Contact MPD at 520-568-3673 with any information about Russo or her vehicle. If you wish to remain anonymous, you can submit a tip using the MPD mobile app or call an anonymous tip line at 520-316-6900.

Angela Maria Russo
Gender:           Female
Race:               White
Born:               5/10/91
Height:            5’3”
Weight:           150 lbs.
Eyes:               Crystal blue
Hair:                Brown with burgundy highlights
Tattoos:          Ladybug behind left ear, wings on wrists, songbird on right foot, water-colored rose on right hip, the “promise” on ring finger, Tigger and Eeyore hugging each other with a tree on her left back, Bella botch a Nono and Nona scrolled between flowers on right back.

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Angela Russo
Angela Russo

A Maricopa family’s frantic search for their missing daughter continues. Angela Russo, 24, left the home she shares with her family at The Lakes at Rancho El Dorado Tuesday evening and has not been heard from since.

Her mother Diana Schalow said “absolutely foul play” is involved.

Russo said she was leaving to go to dinner and out with friends Tuesday. Schalow said she received a text from Russo later that she “won’t be home tonight but promised she will be home tomorrow night.”

Schalow was unconcerned at that moment: “She’s 24 years old; she occasionally spends the night somewhere.”

But Russo did not show up to work Wednesday at her job as a medical assistant in Ahwatukee.

Schalow said she reported her daughter missing to Maricopa Police Department Thursday, after which MPD notified law enforcement agencies statewide to “be on the lookout” for Russo and her vehicle.

Schalow said she left all her daily items at home, including her medications, toothbrush, curling iron and work clothes. “Everything is pointing to absolutely unusual behavior,” Schalow said.

She said her daughter is also very particular about having her phone charger, but “her phone is not on; her phone is dead.”

Police say the last ping from her cell phone was in the Maryvale area of Phoenix. Schalow said neither family nor Russo’s friends are aware of friends she has in the area.

“Everything we’ve reported to the police … in our eyes it’s foul play,” Schalow said.

Schalow said the family is “doing our own investigation” and notifying police but coming up with dead-ends.

“We’ve had search parties all weekend long,” she said, with family and friends combing the area of 51st Avenue and Indian School Road.

“All avenues are being explored right now.”

Jason and Diana Schalow have four children – Anthony, 28; Angela, 24; Andrea, 18; and Ryan, 7 – and have lived in Maricopa 10 years. Both Jason and Diana work for State Farm, Diana at the local Lance Lane agency.

Russo was driving the family’s blue 2007 Honda Accord with Arizona license BNL 1629.

“We haven’t heard anything,” Maricopa Police spokesman Ricardo Alvarado said of the active case in the criminal investigation division. He said MPD is “waiting to hear if the car turns up, she turns up or she returns home.”

Contact MPD at 520-568-3673 with any information about Russo or her vehicle. If you wish to remain anonymous, you can submit a tip using the MPD mobile app or call an anonymous tip line at 520-316-6900.


Angela Maria Russo
Gender:           Female

Race:               White
Born:               5/10/91
Height:            5’3”
Weight:           150 lbs.
Eyes:               Crystal blue
Hair:                Brown with burgundy highlights
Tattoos:           Ladybug behind left ear, wings on wrists, songbird on right foot, water-colored rose on right hip, the “promise” on ring finger, Tigger and Eeyore hugging each other with a tree on her left back, Bella botch a Nono and Nona scrolled between flowers on right back.