Puerto Rican boxer Félix Verdejo was questioned in connection with the disappearance of a 27-year-old woman on Friday, a day before her body washed up in a lagoon in San Juan, the island’s capital, the reporters said. authorities.
Keishla Rodríguez Ortiz, whose body was found on Saturday, has been identified thanks to dental records, Puerto Rico Institute of Forensic Sciences said Sunday. Police said in a missing person’s report that Ms Rodríguez Ortiz last spoke to her mother on Thursday at around 7 a.m. local time.
Authorities said they identified Mr. Verdejo, 27, as someone interested in Ms. Rodríguez Ortiz’s disappearance.
Mr. Verdejo was seen walking out of the San Juan Criminal Investigation Corps headquarters on Friday, according to reports in Puerto Rican media. Captain Luis Díaz Muñoz, of the Criminal Investigations Corps, told El Nuevo Día newspaper that Mr. Verdejo was not cooperating with investigators.
Antonio López Figueroa, the territorial police commissioner, told reporters on Friday that Mr Verdejo was a person of interest in the case. At a press conference on Saturday, he did not say whether authorities had identified any suspects.
Mr. Verdejo, a lightweight boxer, represented Puerto Rico at the 2012 London Olympics. His record is 27-2, with 17 knockouts, according to Top Rank, a boxing promotion company in Las Vegas.
He could not be reached on Sunday. Top Rank, who classifies Mr. Verdejo as one of his fighters, did not respond to a request for comment.
“Top Rank’s thoughts and prayers go out to the family and friends of Keishla Marlen Rodríguez Ortiz, and to the people of Puerto Rico at this time of mourning,” the company said in a press release Saturday evening. “We are deeply disturbed by the information and will continue to monitor the development of the case as it evolves.”
Ms Rodríguez Ortiz’s mother, Keila Ortiz Rivera, told El Nuevo Día that during her last conversation with her daughter on Thursday morning, Ms Rodríguez Ortiz told her that Mr Verdejo was on his way to meet her to review the results of ‘a pregnancy test she had taken.
“I told him, ‘Be careful’ because he threatened her not to have the baby, that he had his family, that he was a boxer, that he was a public figure,” Ms. Ortiz Rivera at El Nuevo Día.
At around 9:30 a.m. local time on Thursday, Ms Ortiz Rivera said she received a call from her other daughter, who told her that Ms Rodríguez Ortiz’s boss had called to say she had not shown up for work.
“For me it was super strange because she is very responsible for her job,” said Ms. Ortiz Rivera.
Ms Ortiz Rivera said she called Mr Verdejo to ask him questions about her daughter, and he said he did not know where she was.
“You’re lying to me – that’s the first lie,” recalls Ortiz Rivera telling him. “She spoke to me a little while ago and said you were going to her house when you were done working out.”