Did Felix Verdejo turn himself in? Boxer probed as pregnant lover Keishla Rodriguez's body is found in lagoon
SAN JUAN, PUERTO RICO: Boxer Felix Verdejo was questioned by the Puerto Rican police department on Friday, April 30, regarding the disappearance of his alleged girlfriend. Verdejo reportedly denied answering the department's questions. But according to the latest reports, Verdejo turned himself in on Sunday, May 2.
Keishla Rodriguez Ortiz's body was found on Saturday, May 1, and was identified through dental records, Puerto Rico’s Institute of Forensic Science said on May 2. In a missing person’s report the police said that Ortiz had last spoken with her mother around 7 am local time on Thursday, April 29. Verdejo was reportedly seen walking out of the San Juan Criminal Investigation Corps headquarters on Friday, April 30, according to reports in the Puerto Rican news media. Captain Luis Díaz Muñoz of the criminal investigation corps told the newspaper El Nuevo Día that Verdejo was not cooperating with investigators. On May 2, journalist Valeria Collazo tweeted, "Boxer Félix Verdejo turned himself in to federal authorities. Images of@TelenoticiasPR."
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Another Twitter handle tweeted, "Verdejo just turn himself in to the feds." Journalist Carolina Rosalino tweeted, "FBI arrests boxer #Felixverdejo for Keishla's death. The charges are: 1) Carjacking that resulted in the death of a person 2) Kidnapping that resulted in the death of a person. (Both crimes are eligible for the death penalty in federal jurisdiction) continues ... " Another one wrote, "Finally! Felix Verdejo suspect of murdering Keishla turned himself! He is under arrest. The federal authorities have claimed jurisdiction in this case.#justiciaparakeishla."
Verdejo just turn himself in to the feds https://t.co/Tz1J6TAbFC— Elmady (@Elmady8) May 3, 2021
Finally! Felix Verdejo suspect of murdering Keishla turned himself! He is under arrest. The federal authorities have claimed jurisdiction in this case.#justiciaparakeishla— lyzz61 (@lyzz61) May 3, 2021
Ortiz’s mother, Keila Ortiz Rivera, told El Nuevo Día that she last spoke with her daughter on Thursday morning, April 29. Ortiz told her that Verdejo was on his way to meet her to look at the results of a pregnancy test she had taken. “I told her, ‘Be careful’ because he had threatened her not to have the baby, that he had his family, that he is a boxer, that he is a public figure," Ortiz Rivera told El Nuevo Día. Around 9.30 am local time on April 29, her mother said she received a call from her other daughter, who told her that Ortiz’s boss had called to say she had not shown up for work. “For me, that was super strange because she is very responsible about her job,” Rivera said. Rivera said she called Verdejo to ask about her daughter, and he said he did not know where she was. “You’re lying to me — that’s the first lie,” Ortiz Rivera recalled telling him. “She talked to me a little while ago, and told me that you were going to her house when you were done working out.” Ortiz's body was found in a lagoon in Puerto Rico on Sunday, May 2.
The case has outraged many in Puerto Rico, where another woman was recently found burned to death after she filed a domestic violence complaint that a judge dismissed. A Superior Court judge has announced an investigation into that decision.