SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) – A 27-year-old woman whose body was found in a lagoon was the lover of Puerto Rican boxer Félix Verdejo, who was questioned by police and whose car was seized overnight , the authorities announced on Sunday.
No one was arrested in the case and Verdejo and his lawyers declined to comment. Police said Verdejo did not cooperate and refused to answer questions.
The Puerto Rico Institute of Forensic Sciences said in a statement that Keishla Rodríguez had been identified through dental records and officials were still analyzing Verdejo’s car.
Rodríguez’s family said she was pregnant with Verdejo’s child. Keila Ortiz, the victim’s mother, told reporters her daughter called her before she disappeared on Thursday and told her Verdejo was heading to her home to see the results of a pregnancy test.
“I told him, be careful, because he had already threatened her” and told her not to have the baby, mentioning her career and her family, she said.
Verdejo is married but has known Rodríguez from college and has stayed in touch with her, her parents said. They reported her missing after she never showed up to work at an animal grooming company.
Verdejo (27-2, 17 KOs) is a former Olympian who represented Puerto Rico in 2012, the same year he became a professional boxer competing in the lightweight division. His career was temporarily hijacked after a motorcycle accident in 2016 that saw him hospitalized.
The case outraged many in Puerto Rico, where another woman was recently found burned to death after filing a domestic violence complaint that a judge dismissed. A Superior Court judge announced an investigation into this decision.