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A Bucks County woman died in Florida after being drugged and sexually assaulted by two men, police say

Christine Englehardt, 24, of Richboro, was found unresponsive in her hotel room in South Beach, police say.

Police in Miami Beach, Fla., say Christine Englehardt died last week after being drugged and sexually assaulted.
Police in Miami Beach, Fla., say Christine Englehardt died last week after being drugged and sexually assaulted.Read moreYong Kim / Staff Photographer

A Bucks County woman celebrating spring break last week in Miami Beach, Fla., died after she was drugged and raped by two men also there for the annual retreat, officials said Tuesday.

Christine Englehardt, 24, was found at the Albion Hotel on Thursday, according to court documents. Englehardt, a Richboro native and graduate of Council Rock North High School, had traveled to Florida by herself.

Her family could not be reached for comment Tuesday.

Evoire Collier, 21, and Dorian Taylor, 24, were charged late Monday with burglary, sexual battery, credit card fraud, and petty theft, according to Miami Beach police. The Miami-Dade County medical examiner had not yet ruled on the cause and manner of her death as of Tuesday, and the suspects may face additional charges once investigators make those rulings.

Investigators say Collier and Taylor, both from North Carolina, met Englehardt at a restaurant. Collier, in an interview with detectives, said he and Taylor wanted to have sex with Englehardt, and walked with her out of the restaurant, according to the affidavit of probable cause for his arrest. While the group walked, Collier gave her a “green pill” that he believed was Percocet, a powerful opioid painkiller.

Surveillance footage from Englehardt’s hotel showed the three arriving not long after, the affidavit said.

The men sexually assaulted her and left about an hour later, stealing Englehardt’s credit card, cash, and cellphone, the affidavit said. Taylor was seen using her credit card at a nearby liquor store and was carrying her cellphone when arrested.

Hotel staff discovered Englehardt unresponsive in the room and notified police.

At a bail hearing, Collier’s sister, Quantil Melendez, asked Miami-Dade Circuit Judge Mindy Glazer to release her brother, promising to ensure he would appear for trial.

“Let our brother come home, and let our family handle this situation appropriately,” Melendez said. “We will do whatever Miami-Dade County asks of us.”

The judge wasn’t swayed, and both men remained in custody Tuesday.

An online fund-raiser set up to help Englehardt’s parents pay for her funeral described her as willing “to do anything for a person in need.”

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

John Ordway, who owns Jules Thin Crust Pizza in Newtown, where Englehardt worked for 2½ years, said he was stunned by the news of her death.

“She was a lovely young woman who was well-respected by her coworkers and staff,” Ordway said. “We along with her loving family will very much miss her.”

Staff writer Michael Klein contributed to this article.