Marvin Rivera-Montalvo arrested after missing woman's burned body discovered

Police say suspect lured Yolanda Samaniego to car, disposed of body


DORAL, Fla. – Police said they now have a suspect in custody after a missing woman's burned body was found in northwest Miami-Dade County.

Marvin Rivera-Montalvo, 30, was arrested on a charge of first-degree murder.

Miami-Dade police investigators said Rivera-Montalvo confessed to luring Yolanda Samaniego, 51, to his car Sept. 13. Police said Rivera-Montalvo admitted that someone else shot her and he was tasked with disposing of the body.


Police said he left Samaniego's body in a field and then returned several days later to set it on fire.

The body was discovered Wednesday morning after police were called to a brush fire near Northwest 64th Street and Northwest 82nd Avenue. A customer eating breakfast at a nearby Cuban cafe spotted the fire and called 911.

After learning that a burned body had been found, Samaniego's family rushed to the crime scene, which wasn't far from where Samaniego worked.

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