Boxing star ‘wanted by authorities over missing woman who was last seen at his home telling him she was pregnant with his baby’
Keishla Marlen Rodriguez Ortiz has been missing since Thursday morning, causing local officials to issue a Pink Alert as part of a new bill passed in October to help speed up the process of finding missing women against a backdrop of increasing gender violence on the island.
The alert is for adult women whose disappearances are linked to domestic violence, hate crimes or crimes of a sexual nature, and Ortiz's sister, Bereliz Nichole, accompanied the move with a video on Facebook appealing for information.
Several local accounts on social media have alleged that the body of a pregnant woman whose blonde hair matched Ortiz's has since been found floating in a lake, with her family called to identify whether the body is hers.
BREAKING: Authorities in Puerto Rico have found a body of a yet to be identified woman this afternoon in a lagoon near Carolina, PR and it could be missing woman connected to Lightweight contender Felix Verdejo. More soon. #Boxing#BreakingNews— Big Fight Weekend (@bigfightweekend) May 1, 2021
tw // corpse , death Citizens found a woman’s body in laguna San Jose located in San Juan and the police confirmed she had blonde hair but we still don’t know if it’s Keishla’sKeishla’s family is on their way on a boat to confirmed if the body is her or not— ZODIΔC - l🇵🇷l ⁷⁺¹² (@JasmineDragon96) May 1, 2021
Update:The car is a Durango (it’s one that Felix Verdejo has or had), was captured by the cameras of the Teodoro Moscoso bridge and some people were seen throwing something into the water— ZODIΔC - l🇵🇷l ⁷⁺¹² (@JasmineDragon96) May 1, 2021
Verdejo was contacted by criminal investigators on Thursday, according to Boxing Scene, which has said that he initially "shut down" an interview before agreeing to voluntarily meet them with his attorney.
The account also quoted a local news publication which said that Verdejo and Rodriguez were allegedly romantically linked in the past, and reported that Rodriguez's last location was at his home, where she is said to have arrived with a pregnancy test and the intention of telling him that he was the father.
Keishla’s car was found by neighbors who live in an area in the town of Canovanas. Close to that place there is a river (Rio Grande de Loiza) which is now part of the investigation in searching for Keishla.As you can see, San Juan and Canovanas are far away from each other. pic.twitter.com/KOahf40OnY— ZODIΔC - l🇵🇷l ⁷⁺¹² (@JasmineDragon96) April 30, 2021
Note: The family can say it’s her but it is not until forensic science confirms that it is her (hope you understood this part).— ZODIΔC - l🇵🇷l ⁷⁺¹² (@JasmineDragon96) May 1, 2021
According to the investigation, the last known location for Rodriguez was at Verdejo’s home where she allegedly arrived with a pregnancy test in tow and to inform the boxer that he was the father.
Ortiz was last officially seen in a car that was found abandoned in the municipality of Canovanas, ESPN said, adding that a police commissioner had told reporters that they were "still looking for [her] alive" and collaborating with the FBI.
Keishla was reported missing on friday morning. she is alleged one month pregnant with Felix Verdejo’s child. Keishlas mother stated, he threatened her to abort the child because he is married and already has a child. According to Keishla’s family, Verdejo was//— mia read & rt 📌 (@skzdnf) May 1, 2021
//abusive and possessive towards her. as of today Keishla has been sadly found de4d in Carolina.— mia read & rt 📌 (@skzdnf) May 1, 2021
“We are interviewing several people who are close to her," said Police Commissioner López Figueroa, announcing that their information suggested Verdejo had known Ortiz for "11 or 12 years".
"Countless people are going to be summoned. Anyone who had any contact with her, any romantic relationship, we are also interviewing." Verdejo's wife, Eliz Marie Santiago, is also said to have spoken to investigators on Friday.
tw // corpse , deathThe truck carrying the corpse just stop in the middle of el Puente Teodoro Moscoso because the police are looking for evidence (and taking pictures) since there are surveillance cameras on the bridge pic.twitter.com/IK72Fd7B7o— ZODIΔC - l🇵🇷l ⁷⁺¹² (@JasmineDragon96) May 1, 2021
tw // corpse , deathAccording to Felipe Gomez Martinez (reporter for WAPA), one of the security cameras of the bridge capture the moment some people threw the corpse to the Laguna San Jose. He said the quality of the video is very good to see the license plate and the car brand— ZODIΔC - l🇵🇷l ⁷⁺¹² (@JasmineDragon96) May 1, 2021
Verdejo, 27, has scored 17 knockouts in an impressive 29-fight defeat that has only seen him beaten twice.
The most recent of those was in December, when he unsuccessfully challenged Masayoshi Nakatani for the WBO Inter-Continental lightweight title, suffering a ninth-round knockout in Las Vegas.
The former London 2012 Olympic Games competitor for his country had been on a run of four wins before his bid for the belt failed.Also on rt.com Chimaev spars Chechen leader Kadyrov as manager says ‘everybody should go to jail’ if UFC sensation fights Nick Diaz (VIDEO)