Laredo police said Wednesday they have found evidence in a marked U.S. Border Patrol unit that is linked to the double homicide reported Monday in northwest Laredo.
Claudio Treviño Jr., Laredo Police Department chief, said they seized the unit but cannot disclose what investigators found in the vehicle.
On Monday, police said they arrested Supervisory Border Patrol Agent Ronald Anthony Burgos Aviles, 28, on two counts of capital murder for the slaying of Grizelda Hernandez, 27, and her son, Dominick Alexander Hernandez, 1. Police said Burgos Aviles was in a romantic relationship with the slain woman.
Also Wednesday, Border Patrol said it has suspended Burgos Aviles indefinitely without pay. Custody records showed he remained at the Webb County Jail on Wednesday evening.
As the case develops, LPD and Border Patrol say they continue to work together on the case. Investigators have returned to the scene with police canines that are specialized in tracking human remains.
“We’re not necessarily looking for more bodies, but we’re looking for anything that might have blood that these dogs can help us track. There’s evidence that we believe is out there that we still need to recover,” Treviño said.
Authorities are combing the area where the bodies were found Monday. Their bodies were discovered in a brushy area south of Father Charles McNaboe Park in northwest Laredo. Each sustained multiple injuries, according to police. LPD has not disclosed how they may have died or if it believes they were killed at a different location.
Investigators are seeking out-of-town assistance to expedite the case.
“We’re also waiting for the official report for the autopsies in Corpus Christi. (On Tuesday), our investigators were there to speak to the examiner. We hope to get those returns quickly,” the chief said.
He added, “This type of case gets to the front of the list. We have a lot of work here. Police work piles up but this case will be expedited.”
Police said Burgos Aviles quickly became a primary person of interest in the case after he called 911 at about 11:30 a.m. Monday to report that he had found a woman’s body. When police responded to the scene, they found the body of the boy near her. After police identified the woman as Grizelda Hernandez, they learned that Burgos Aviles had been in a romantic relationship with her.
Later Monday, he was arrested and booked on charges of capital murder.
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