Remains of missing Florida mom found in backyard; husband, father-in-law arrested for premeditated murder

The five-acre property where her body was found, belonged to Nicole Montalvo's in-laws, where she had gone on the night she disappeared to drop off her son.


                            Remains of missing Florida mom found in backyard; husband, father-in-law arrested for premeditated murder

ST CLOUD, FLORIDA: The remains of a 35-year-old mother, who went missing last week, were found at a St Cloud property on Friday, October 25.

After the corpse recovered from the property was identified as Nicole Montalvo, who went missing on October 21, her estranged husband, Christopher Otero-Rivera, 31, and father-in-law, Angel Luis Rivera, 63, were arrested on murder charges, according to Osceola County Sheriff Russ Gibson.

The five-acre property where her body was found, belonged to Montalvo's in-laws, where she had gone on the night that she disappeared to drop off her son. It was also where she was last seen alive. She was supposed to pick up her son from school the next day, but never showed up. 

On the same day as the discovery of the missing mother's remains, Otero-Rivera and Luis Rivera were arrested on unrelated charges of probation violation and violation of domestic injunction, and possession of a weapon by a convicted felon, respectively. After the identification of the victim's body on Sunday, the pair was additionally charged with premeditated murder and ordered held without bond. 

According to MyNews13, Otero-Rivera was arrested for on charges of kidnapping, domestic abuse and theft after Montalvo accused him of beating her and stealing her credit card and cash. 

She told the investigators that her husband and another woman took her to a remote area in October 2018, where Otero-Rivera proceeded to slap her repeatedly for texting a friend. He then pushed her to the ground and threatened to break her neck and kill her if she called the cops. 

He ended up pleading no contest and was sentenced to jail. The plea agreement in which he entered, Otero-Rivera was barred from having any contact with Montalvo, the exception being a parent communication app, reported Orlando Sentinel.

Days before going missing, Montalvo formally requested a judge to dismiss the protection order against Otero-Rivera, as it was not in the best interest of their son. The couple was in the middle of separation at the time the Florida mother went missing and ended up dead.

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