A Ruskin man is accused of killing his girlfriend and burying her body beneath the boards of their porch.
Alejandro Flores-Sanchez, 25, has been charged with second-degree murder, according to the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office.
Deputies began investigating after the adult son of Sanchez’s 35-year-old girlfriend, Angela Tavarez-Caballero, reported her missing.
The son told the Sheriff’s Office he’d last heard from his mother Tuesday when she called asking if she and her two teenage daughters could stay with him. They were supposed to meet later that night.
While interviewing Flores-Sanchez and the daughters, ages 13 and 16, detectives began to suspect he'd killed his girlfriend. According to the Sheriff’s Office, Flores-Sanchez confessed when detectives confronted him about inconsistencies in his story.
He said they got into an altercation on Tuesday, according to the Sheriff’s Office, but how she died is unclear. Detectives are trying to determine the girlfriend’s exact cause of death.
Flores-Sanchez then went to “great lengths” to hide her body, said Col. Donna Lusczynski, Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman. He removed a top layer of plywood in the home’s porch and then a sub-layer, under which he dug a 4-foot-deep hole, Lusczynski said. He buried her body and pushed a washer and dryer over the spot after replacing the plywood.
“It would have been very difficult for us to locate that body had he not told us where it was,” Lusczynski said.