The San Antonio Police Department released video Thursday of two persons of interest in the.
Savanah Nicole Soto, 18, and her boyfriend, Matthew Guerra, 22, were both reported missing last week before being found.Tuesday. The couple disappeared a day before Soto, 9 months pregnant, was induced to give birth.
The medical examiner’s office confirmed Thursday that the bodies found in the car belonged to Guerra and Soto. Police said each of the victims suffered gunshot wounds.
Video released Thursday shows a person of interest driving a dark pickup truck, described by Police Chief Bill McManus as a Chevrolet Silverado with a bedspread, and another person driving Guerra’s Kia Optima. The video was filmed “near where the bodies were found,” police wrote on Facebook.
McManus did not specify the exact location of the video, saying only that it was recorded “very close” to where the bodies were found and that it was recorded a few days before the discovery. bodies. Police previously said they believed the victims had been in the car for several days before they were found.
At a briefing Thursday afternoon, McManus said police believe the video shows the driver of Guerra’s Optima using something to wipe down the side of the car, but “we can’t be sure at 100%.” He added that he did not know if the two people in the video were related to the victims. He said police do not believe the person seen driving the Optima was Guerra or Soto.
Police currently believe Guerra and Soto were killed elsewhere and then taken to where they were eventually found, McManus said. He would not say whether he believed the two men were still alive when the video was recorded.
McManus said Guerra died of a gunshot wound to the head and that the manner of death had still not been determined, but that his and Soto’s killings were being investigated as part of ‘a capital murder case. McManus said police can’t completely rule out the possibility of a murder-suicide, but on Thursday he said they don’t believe that’s what happened.
Soto’s family says there was a history of abuse
Soto’s mother, Gloria Cordova, previously told CBS News that she thought her daughter was in the wrong place at the wrong time.
“I think it has something to do with [Guerra] and the things that he was doing, not my daughter,” Cordova said. “My daughter was right there with him and they didn’t want…they didn’t want anyone to say what happened, someone ‘one that says it’s so -and-so or this is what it looked like. She was just there at the wrong time.”
Soto’s mother and aunt claimed that the relationship between Soto and Guerra was abusive, although police have neither commented on nor confirmed these allegations.
“He was abusing her,” Cordova said. “And I told her to end the relationship, but she… she was stubborn, she wouldn’t listen. But I think this time she was already going to leave him. That’s what I hear.”
Soto’s aunt, Laura Cordova, said Guerra would “hit [Soto] throughout her pregnancy” and that her niece had bruises.
Guerra’s father told CBS affiliate KENS that his son has a criminal history, including an assault charge involving Savanah last year.
“He didn’t hang out with the best crowd,” Guerra’s father told the station.
But he said the two had been doing well since moving in together and were looking forward to becoming parents.
“They were inseparable. Was it a perfect relationship? No, but she certainly wasn’t a prisoner there,” he told KENS. “She and Matthew were both thrilled and couldn’t wait for Fabian to arrive.”
Laura and Gloria Cordova also told CBS News that Soto was excited to give birth, with Laura Cordova saying her niece was “counting the days.”
— Kerry Breen contributed reporting.
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