UPDATE: The Hidalgo County Sheriff’s Office has named a second person in connection with the death of a 17-year-old Mexican national. A warrant has been issued for 44-year-old Santos Omar Vasquez, according to the Valley Central.
A Texas woman was arrested after police officials say that she allegedly dumped her 17-year-old dead boyfriend’s body in an orchard, Klew TV reports. At around 9:23 a.m. on July 23, police received a call about a deceased person, identified as Carlos Mario Perez Aguilar, in an orchard on Val Verde Road in Donna, just south of Business 83.
Circumstances surrounding Carlos’ death remains unknown, but Texas authorities are conducting an investigation.
A week after the teen’s body was found in Donna, police arrested his 45-year-old girlfriend, Laura Leticia Vasquez, on “suspicion of tampering with or fabricating physical evidence with intent to impair a human corpse, a second-degree felony.”
Vasquez told investigators that her teen boyfriend committed suicide in her home. Since her unidentified brother, who was living in the home, has multiple outstanding warrants, neither of them wanted to alert authorities about Carlos’ death and opted to dispose the body on their own.
The Hidalgo County Sheriff’s Office stated that Vasquez and her brother allegedly dumped the teen’s body in an orchard on Val Verde Road, where authorities found him lying face up—visible from the road.
A local medical examiner’s office conducted an autopsy on the teens’ remains to determine the exact cause of death. According to a forensic pathologist, there were no signs of foul play or homicide. Toxicology reports are pending.
Vasquez made her first court appearance on Tuesday where a judge set her bond at $50,000.
Anyone with information regarding Carlos’ death is urged to call (956) 383-8114. If tipsters want to remain anonymous, you may call Hidalgo County Crime Stoppers at (956) 668-8477.