Published: Nov 12, 2010 4:24 PM EST
Updated: Nov 12, 2010 1:24 PM EST

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) - A man who allegedly answered the personal ad of a central Florida woman who called herself the "Girlfriend next door" has been charged with slashing her throat and stashing her body in the back of a car.

Volusia County sheriff's investigators said Thursday they had arrested 32-year-old Willie Hicks, charging him with first-degree murder in the death of Danielle Santangelo.

Investigators said Santangelo placed an ad describing herself as a beautiful, classy, Italian.

Authorities believe the pair met Monday. Santangelo's mother reported her daughter missing that night.

Hick's mother led authorities to the car where Santangelo's body was found. She said her son did not kill the girl.

It was not clear if Hicks had an attorney. A message could not be left with jail authorities.