According to the police officials, the 21-year-old man and his brother were both arrested authorities found the remains of his 17-year-old girlfriend wrapped in plastic and tape in the container, police announced Monday. He allegedly told authorities that he kept the decomposing body of his teenage girlfriend in a plastic container ‘because he wanted to remain close to her.’
The 21-year-old man, Daniel Blas Torrealba and his 19-year-old brother, Edwin Chavez-Blas, are now accused of covering up Destiny Munoz’s death with a plan to cut her into pieces with a chainsaw and bury her.
The brothers from Arizona allegedly stuffed the victim into the container from a car to a truck on Oct. 5 when the body was found. The two men were booked on suspicion of concealment of a body and evidence tampering.
The 21-year-old suspect allegedly told police that Munoz shot herself in the face during an argument in one of several differing explanations he gave witnesses over how the teen and mother of his 1-year-old child came to die.
After she died, the suspect texted her family using her phone so they would not worry about her. He covered up the crime because he thought he was going to get in trouble for illegally possessing a firearm.
The victim’s family reported her disappearance on Oct. 5, after they said they hadn’t seen her in about 10 days. When police arrived at the home, they found her remains in the container. Police think she died around Sept. 26.
Torrealba was on probation after a conviction for helping undocumented migrants for money when his girlfriend was killed. He had told others in his family of Munoz dying after he pushed her and she hit her head.
Chavez-Blas was caught on surveillance video buying the container, tape and the chainsaw at Home Depot. This incident remains under investigation. This is a developing story and it will be updated as new information become available.