Hialeah

Bodies found in burned out car in Hialeah were killed execution style, cops say

 

eflor@elnuevoherald.com

The charred bodies found in the trunk of a burned-out car in a Hialeah warehouse district were two people who had been shot in the head someplace else.

The bodies were sprayed with fuel and burned until all evidence was eliminated, a source familiar with the case said.

The burned Mercedes found in the western part of the city on Monday revealed that the corpses were a man and woman identified only as Hispanic, the source told El Nuevo Herald.

The vehicle, reduced to ashes, did not belong to the man, whose name was not revealed. The woman’s identity is still a mystery as detectives continue investigating.

Hialeah Police Chief Sergio Velázquez confirmed that the couple had been executed elsewhere and later burned inside the vehicle.

“Preliminary investigations establish that the couple was murdered before being placed in the trunk of the car,” Velázquez said. “Then the Mercedes was set on fire,” he said. “We believe that all this was done to eliminate the evidence of the crimes.”

Hialeah firefighters arrived around 3 a.m. to put out the blaze at 8000 West 21st Ln., and later discovered the bodies.

The area was cordoned off for hours to allow police investigators to look for clues.

The bodies were unrecognizable and were transferred hours later to the Miami-Dade Medical Examiner.

Velázquez said detectives were working on some clues, among them one that links the crimes to drug sales and possibly a romantic conflict, according to interviews by detectives.

“We have several active clues, but one of the things we are pursuing is that the case is related to drug sales and also to a romantic problem,” Velázquez said. “There’s a whole history whose track we are following.”

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