Authorities have not offered any further details on the investigation into the murder of Rosimar Rodríguez Gómez. (Supplied)
Police Commissioner Henry Escalera was unable to provide new information this morning on the advance, if any, of three criminal investigations that have shaken the country this year: the deaths of Rosimar Rodríguez Gómez, Michellyn Ramos Vargas and Neuliasa Luciano Ruiz, known as Alexa.
Rodríguez Gómez, 20 years old when she was murdered, was kidnapped in front of her residence in Toa Baja on September 17, and her body was found a week later in Dorado. Ramos Vargas, a transgender woman, was found shot to death on September 30 in San Germán, while Luciano Ruiz, another transgender woman, was shot to death on February 24, also in Toa Baja.
The handling of Rodríguez Gómez's case, in fact, is the subject of an internal investigation in the Police, after relatives of the victim denounced that the case was investigated, initially, as a disappeared person when information was provided to the Police of that it was a kidnapping.
“There are some reports that the supervisors are going to make to Internal Affairs, which is attached to the Auxiliary Superintendence of Professional Responsibility. Some reports will be made, but it is a confidential process, “said Escalera, who did not anticipate when a final resolution of the case would be ready.
“It's already started,” he said.
In essence, neither Escalera nor the Secretary of Public Security, Pedro Janer, offered a single additional piece of information about the progress of the investigations when approached by the press this morning during the annual activity in honor of the policemen who fell in the line of duty.
On this occasion, three police officers who lost their lives as a result of COVID-19 were honored: Miguel Martínez Ortiz, José García Vázquez and Mayra Enid Rodríguez Burgado. Likewise, a tribute was paid to Ricardo Pérez Ortiz, an agent of the San Juan Criminal Investigation Corps who died in August due to complications from the gunshots he received on May 1.
“From the first day the incident arose, we have a team (assigned) from the investigative branch. The investigation is well under way and we hope to clarify it with the prosecution soon , “ said Escalera, referring to the case of Rodríguez Gómez
Prosecutors assigned to the case ordered a gag order on the investigation.
When asked what he meant when he indicated that the investigation was advanced, Escalera argued that he could not give more information so as not to affect it.
“But we are on the right track,” he insisted.
In the case of Ramos Vargas, Escalera argued that it is an investigation that is just beginning, despite the fact that the crime was reported on Wednesday of last week. This morning, the head of the Mayagüez Homicide Division indicated that no leads had been received about the crime.
“All cases are important to the Police. We hope to clarify it also to do justice to the relatives. Processes are taking place and we are going to give the agents space, ”said Escalera.
Meanwhile, in the case of Luciano Ruiz, on August 29 El Nuevo Día reported that the Police had identified an individual with the nickname of Guinea as a possible suspect.
“It is being investigated. There are some cases that take longer than others, but we are hopeful that this case can be clarified, “said Escalera, who insisted, as in the other cases, that he could not go into the” details “of the investigation.