Police in San Antonio have nabbed a third person linked to the killing of a Texas teenager and her boyfriend.
47-year-old Myrta Romanos faces three serious charges, including messing with a human body, abusing a corpse, and fiddling with evidence, as announced by the police on Wednesday.
This arrest follows a week after the police pinned capital murder on 19-year-old Christopher Preciado and charged 53-year-old Ramon Preciado for abusing a corpse. Ramon Preciado is accused of helping Christopher move the bodies post-murder.
At a news briefing on Wednesday, Lt. Michelle Ramos of the San Antonio Police Department hinted that Romanos might be Christopher’s stepmother. She added that all three suspects shared a home.
Eighteen-year-old Savanah Nicole Soto and her 22-year-old boyfriend, Matthew Guerra, went missing in late December and were later found deceased in Guerra’s car. They vanished just a day before Soto, who was nine months pregnant, was due to be induced for childbirth. Both were discovered with gunshot injuries.
The police highlighted that surveillance video played a crucial role in all three arrests. Footage showed Romanos, along with Christopher and Ramon Preciado, leaving and returning to their house in a truck on the murder night, the police reported.
Police revealed that the weapon used in the murders was owned by Romanos.
Detectives suspected a third person’s involvement early in their probe, but initially lacked sufficient evidence to link Romanos, Ramos explained.
Soon after the killings, the police shared a video depicting two individuals they were interested in. The footage showed one driving a dark Chevy Silverado with a bed cover, and the other behind the wheel of Guerra’s Kia Optima. Chief Bill McManus of the San Antonio Police Department noted that this video was captured near the location where the bodies were discovered, just a few days earlier.
Ramos shared on Wednesday, “A lot of information on social media that there was a third individual involved, and our homicide detectives were aware of that, however, we were looking for enough probable cause to make that arrest.”
She also mentioned that the San Antonio police are sure there aren’t any more suspects in the case.