It took hours of searching in the Colorado wilderness but eventually Nickolle Aguilar, 26, led investigators to the spot.
Down a deep ravine near Rocky Mountain State Park, close to a campsite where she and her boyfriend, Daniel Garcia, had camped out nearly a month before, laid the body of her young son, according to details in an arrest warrant written Friday.
Aguilar and Garcia brought his body with them to Colorado, packed with the rest of their luggage, traveling miles and miles from the San Antonio, Texas, hotel where police say he died after a beating from Garcia.
The couple buried him there on July 25, then fled to Costa Rica, investigators say. But on August 25, Aguilar was back at the site with police, to “do the right thing,” the document says.
A month had passed since his unceremonious burial. Nature and the elements had opened up the grave, according to the warrant, but Aguilar remembered the location, recognized her son’s clothes — the same outfit he died in.
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Domenic Aguilar-Acevedo, 5, had been beaten by his stepfather many times, his mother told investigators, and in the three weeks since arriving in San Antonio the abuse was “extensive.”
Aguilar didn’t try to stop it, she told police. She was “too eager to be in a relationship with a man,” the document says.
On the night of July 24, Garcia struck Domenic so hard he was “thrown” into a hotel room wall by the force of the blow, “bounced off” and hit the ground, the document says. He was in pain, his mother recounted, and began “vomiting a black and brown liquid substance.”
Soon after, hotel surveillance cameras captured Garcia “carrying what appeared to be (his) lifeless body … out of the room and down the stairway,” according to documents.
In a few hours Garcia and Aguilar were in Colorado, burying her boy.
Aguilar said she didn’t contact any authorities out of fear she would lose custody of her other children, investigators reported.
DOWN IN COSTA RICA
Unable to see or speak to any of her grandchildren, Aguilar’s mother became concerned. So concerned, police say, that she “tracked” her daughter down in Costa Rica and paid her a visit around August 16. But when she arrived, Domenic was missing.
Where was her grandson?
Aguilar told her Domenic suddenly fell ill, started vomiting and passed away unexpectedly. She and Garcia didn’t notify any authorities, Aguilar said, explaining that they buried him in a “remote location” in Colorado, then drove south past the Mexican border until they arrived in Costa Rica.
The grandmother contacted the San Antonio Police Department and the FBI. An FBI agent spoke with Aguilar in Costa Rica, and she shared the same story she told her mother, but also admitted that neither she nor Garcia sought medical help for her son when he was sick, the documents state.
Later, in an interview with police, Aguilar said that Garcia abused her son, and that he was beating him in the moments before his death.
In an arrest warrant, investigators allege that Garcia caused Domenic’s death, that Aguilar failed to seek medical attention for him and assisted in disposing of his body.
Authorities are awaiting autopsy results from the Larimer County Medical Examiner’s office in Colorado, but say that the remains show evidence of trauma.
Aguilar and Garcia are facing charges of injury to a child.
Body Found In Wooded Area of Orlando Confirmed To Be Missing 19-Year-Old Miya Marcano
The Orange County Medical Examiner has confirmed that a body found in a wooded area of Orlando over the weekend is that of missing 19-year-old Miya Marcano.
“A positive identification of a female whose body was recovered in a wooded area on October 2, 2021 has been identified as Miya Marcano,” Orange and Osceola Counties Medical Examiner Dr. Joshua Stephany said in a statement.
“This case is currently under active law enforcement investigation and any further requests for information, including cause and manner of death, will be deferred to the Orange County Sheriff’s Office.”
Daryl K. Washington the attorney representing Marcano’s family, told the Orlando Sentinel that the news was “very tough” for the family to hear. “It’s just a really sad situation of what this young lady went through.”
A spokesman for Washington criticized the sheriff’s office’s response to the case, telling the paper that investigators didn’t treat Marcano’s disappearance with the proper urgency. The sheriff’s office is scheduled to meet with the media later Wednesday.
The attorney also released a new video of an encounter between Miya’s family and the prime suspect Armando Caballero. The cell phone video was taken on Sept. 25, the day after Marcano’s disappearance.
“You have sent obsessive texts to Miya,” a family member said to Caballero in the video. “We have all seen the texts. You talked about giving her your life savings. You Cash App’ed her money and you claim you weren’t in touch.”
At one point Caballero responds: “It’s not only from my side. So, don’t try to make this like I’m a stalker.”
As previously reported by Oxygen.com, Marcano was last seen on Sept. 24 at the Arden Villas Luxury Apartments in Orlando where she lived and worked in the leasing office. She was expected to fly to Fort Lauderdale that night to visit family, but never showed up.
Caballero, a maintenance worker at the apartment complex, was a person of interest in her disappearance. He was found dead of an apparent suicide on Sept. 27, investigators said.
He had expressed romantic interest in Marcano, but his advances were rebuffed, according to Orange County Sheriff John Mina.
Mina said Caballero is the only suspect in the case and authorities believe he was “responsible for the crime.”
As previously reported by Oxygen.com, authorities believe Caballero used a master key to enter Marcando’s apartment about 30 minutes before she was scheduled to leave work.
Washington questioned the thoroughness of a background check on Caballero during an interview with WESH.
“A basic background check would show this guy had some hits on his record,” he told the station.
Washington told the Orlando Sentinel that he and the family are looking into possible legislation about security at apartment complexes to prevent future tragedies.
Residents of Arden Villas are planning protest on Wednesday to bring attention to their safety concerns, the Sentinel reported.
Washington said many current and former residents have told him about bad experiences at the apartment complex, including a woman who repeatedly complained about Caballero but was “basically ignored,” according to the Sentinel.
A petition with a list of demands for Arden Villas at Change.org has more than 27,000 signatures, according to Spectrum News 13.
Some of those demands include more security, better lighting around apartments and more surveillance cameras on buildings.
Woman Steals Car with 5 Children Still Inside When Driver Stops to Help After a Crash
A Virginia woman allegedly stole the car of a person who pulled over to help her after she crashed.
Markell Hancox of Chesapeake, Virginia, stole a man’s Suburban with his five children still inside the car after he had stopped when he witnessed a “multi-vehicle collision,” the Currituck County Sheriff’s Office said in a Facebook press release.
The collision took place on Oct. 3 around 12:40 p.m. in Grandy, North Carolina, according to the Sheriff’s office.
“A citizen stopped to assist, as he witnessed the event. He approached the scene and exited his vehicle to check on the people involved,” the sheriff’s office said.
After he had exited the car, Hancox “jumped into the driver seat of his Suburban and stole it with his 5 children still inside,” the sheriff’s office said.
She drove the car north on Caratoke Highway before pulling over into the lot of the Hop Inn, “where she jumped and ran,” the sheriff’s office said.
Hancox was “quickly apprehended” by Currituck Sheriff’s deputies.
“The children were extremely shaken, but not harmed,” the sheriff’s office said.
Hancox has been charged with five counts of second degree kidnapping, leaving the scene of an accident and larceny of a motor vehicle. She was booked into the Currituck County Detention Center with a $210,000 bond.
It was not immediately clear if Hancox has legal representation or if she has entered a plea.
Pregnant Tx. Woman and New Boyfriend Were Murdered When Ex Ran Them Down with Truck
A Texas man has pleaded guilty to murdering his ex-girlfriend and her new boyfriend by intentionally crashing his truck into their trailer.
On Oct. 1, David Joshua Reed, 41, pleaded guilty to murder for the December 2020 slayings of 23-year-old Shelby Duarte and 43-year-old Timothy Nelson, KLTV, the Longview News-Journal and KYTX report.
Reed was initially charged with capital murder but accepted a plea agreement and pleaded guilty to two lesser charges, the outlets report. He will serve two life sentences in prison.
According to authorities, on Dec. 9, 2020, in the middle of the night, Reed intentionally drove his truck off the road and into a camper trailer the new couple was living in together.
The trailer was located on Nelson’s family property, according to an arrest warrant obtained by KLTV and the News-Journal. When Nelson’s family went outside to see what had happened, they found the couple had been thrown more than 65 feet from the trailer and hit the front of their home. Nelson died on impact while Duarte was still breathing. Authorities airlifted her to a hospital, where she succumbed to injuries.
Through their investigation, authorities learned Duarte had been having troubles with her ex. When they made contact with him, Reed claimed he was upset because Duarte was pregnant and confessed to driving into the trailer at high speed to murder both the couple and himself, authorities say.
“Reed told affiant he wanted to kill himself as well, so he loaded up the front seat of his truck with propane bottles, believing the crash would blow him up,” the warrant stated, KLTV reports. “Reed explained he did not care anymore and also knew he would be killing his unborn child.”
Before driving into the trailer, Reed left a voicemail on Duarte’s phone saying, “You reap what you sow, I will see you in hell.”
During the hearing, the court heard from the victims’ families, including Tabitha Hall, Duarte’s niece who addressed Reed directly in her victim impact statement.
“I want you to know for myself I have to forgive you because I don’t want that poison that you have to come into me, so if I don’t forgive you today, that’s what will happen,” Hall said. “Because of your impulsive act of pure rage and evil and stupidity, you took two lives from us, but you didn’t take them from us because they live forever in eternity.”
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