Omaha, Nebraska, police have made an arrest in the death of 45-year-old Jesus “Ismenia” Marinero.
Her son, Roberto C. Martinez-Marinero, 25, was taken into custody on Thursday evening and booked for first-degree murder and use of a deadly weapon to commit a felony after he “walked into the Douglas County Department of Corrections, where he advised staff that he was involved in the death of his mother,” police said.
Authorities are still searching for Jesus’ 5-year-old son Josue Ramirez-Marinero, who’s been missing since Wednesday. Though police have not located the child, they said Friday they have reason to suspect Josue was thrown into the Elkhorn River.
“The Omaha Police Department is currently conducting a multi-agency ground, water, and air search of this area,” police said in a statement.
Jesus’ body was discovered in a ditch north of Lauritzen Gardens that same day. Police were able to make a positive ID on the body Thursday through fingerprint records, Omaha police tell PEOPLE. The case is now officially a homicide.
Anyone with information on the homicide of Jesus Marinero or the whereabouts of the child is asked to contact the Omaha Police Department at 402-444-5656 or Crime Stoppers. A $25,000 reward is available for tip(s) leading to the arrest(s) for the homicide of Jesus Marinero.
Original story belowLa Vista Police have identified the young boy found in a dumpster outside a La Vista apartment complex Wednesday night.
According to police, the boy, who is 11-months old, was found by a man who lives at the Alpine Village Apartments. He heard a whimper, almost like a cry, coming from the dumpster. When he looked inside he found the boy.
“Very disturbing, very upsetting and I couldn’t believe what I saw,” the man, who didn’t want to be identified, added.
According to WOWTEmily Winkle was one of the few people to see the boy before police whisked him away to the Omaha Children’s Hospital. Her boyfriend helped the man who found the child get the boy out of the dumpster and to safety.
Speaking of the child, Winkle said:
“It was fine and just happy someone was holding it.”
“I just can’t believe that someone can do that, just discard a baby like it’s a piece of trash,”
According to police, the child was covered in lint and was without clothes other than his soiled diaper. Despite that, the boy was in relatively good health. Aside from scrapes and bruises on his back, he was doing okay.
On Wednesday evening, the body of a woman believed to be the infant’s mother was found in a ditch north of Lauritzen Gardens, though authorities have not yet made a positive ID on the body, KETV reports. Police have issued an Amber Alert for the infant’s older brother, who’s been identified as 5-year-old Josue Ramirez, according to a report from the AP.
The La Vista Police Chief told dBTechno he is hoping to have an update by 8 a.m. Thursday morning.
As for the people who live nearby, they’re still shocked at what they saw.
“I just can’t believe that someone can do that, just discard a baby like it’s a piece of trash,” said Winkle.
Police have not said whether the parents have been located at this time. They’ve only stated that the child was identified.