A 27-year-old woman whose body was found in a lagoon in Puerto Rico was a companion of lightweight boxer Felix Verdejo, who turned himself in to federal agents on Sunday night.
The body of Keishla Rodriguez was found a couple of days after she was reported missing. She was identified Sunday via dental records, Puerto Rico's Institute of Forensic Science said in a statement.
A criminal complaint filed by the FBI accuses Verdejo of punching Rodriguez in the face & injecting her with a syringe filled with an unidentified substance bought at a public housing complex. It alleges that he then bound her arms & feet with wire & tied a heavy block to her before throwing her off a bridge at 8:30 a.m. Thursday.
The complaint states that Verdejo then shot at Rodriguez's body as he stood on the bridge. The complaint says a witness it did not identify helped Verdejo kidnap & kill Rodriguez.
FBI spokeswoman Limary Cruz told The Associated Press that the federal agency was filing charges that would soon be announced. Meanwhile, the U.S. Attorney's Office said no decision had been made whether to pursue the death penalty.
Verdejo & his attorneys previously declined comment, & police said the boxer did not originally cooperate & refused to answer questions.
Rodriguez's family has said she was pregnant with Verdejo's child. Keila Ortiz, the woman's mother, told reporters that her daughter had called her before she vanished Thursday and told her Verdejo was going to her house to see the results of a pregnancy test.
Verdejo is married but has known Rodriguez since middle school & had kept in touch with her, her parents said. They reported her missing after she didn't show up to work at an animal grooming business.
Verdejo (27-2, 17 KOs) is a former Olympian who represented Puerto Rico in 2012. His professional career was temporarily sidetracked after he was hospitalized following a motorcycle crash in 2016.
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