PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — A decomposing body found in the basement of a home in the Feltonville section of Philadelphia has been identified as a Vianela Tavera, a missing woman from New York. Police say the 50-year-old mother of 5 was shot in the head. A suspect, Luis Negron-Martinez of Philadelphia, is in custody.
Investigators had been searching for Tavera after she was reported missing last week.
A suspect in Tavera’s death is currently in custody in Virginia. Fairfax police stopped 38-year-old Negron-Martinez on July 30 for driving Tavera’s Acura SUV. Police say they also found he was in possession of a 9mm gun.
Investigators then contacted Philadelphia detectives following his arrest.
On Sunday, police found Tavera’s body in the basement of a home on the 400 block of Roosevelt Boulevard.
The Medical Examiner’s Officer determined Tavera was shot in the head and ruled her death a homicide.
Negron-Martinez remains in custody of Fairfax police. Police are continuing to investigate the murder.