Texas authorities have charged a U.S. Border Patrol supervisor with murdering four female sex workers during a two-week killing spree that ended when a fifth woman escaped from him and found help.
The first murder took place September 3, authorities said.
47-year-old Claudine Anne Luera was found on Thursday morning in the brush near Camino Colombia about half a mile east of US-83 North with head trauma.
The names of the victims were not released but Alaniz says two are USA citizens.
The four victims' names were not immediately disclosed.
Webb County District Attorney Isidro Alaniz said that the evidence suggests that "the manner in which they were killed is similar".
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Ortiz will be charged with four murder charges and one unlawful restraint with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, Alaniz said.
She ran until she found a police officer at a nearby gas station.
The victim was able to provide a detailed description of Ortiz, including his tattoos, Alaniz said. He said the woman told authorities that she grew suspicious of the agent after asking him about the spate of killings. We have advocated for and implemented new standards during the hiring process as well as new standards of professionalism after joining Border Patrol. "While it is CBP policy to not comment on the details of an ongoing investigation, criminal action by our employees is not, and will not be tolerated", Meehan said.
Ortiz, Cuellar said, spent 10 years as an agent with the US Border Patrol. I also intend to talk to the VA about the particular facts of this Border Patrol agent who was a veteran. At this time, officials said they do not expect to find any additional bodies. The other two victims are an unidentified man and woman. If this is true, do you really think that there's something they could have done to have prevented this guy from having the mindset to kill four people?
But both Alaniz and Cuellar declined to discuss the evidence or say how the women were killed.