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Body found near southwest Miami-Dade County home where missing man had been staying

Nephew of missing man arrested on murder charge

Carlos Zuluaga is accused of killing his uncle, Carlos Nino.
Carlos Zuluaga is accused of killing his uncle, Carlos Nino.

MIAMI-DADE COUNTY, Fla. – A man is in police custody after a body was found Monday near a southwest Miami-Dade County home where a missing man had been staying with a relative.

Miami-Dade police said Carlos Nino, 54, was staying at the home with his 32-year-old nephew, Carlos Zuluaga, while the rest of their family was on vacation.

When the family members returned home Sunday, Nino, their dogs and a cat were missing.

Detective Daniel Ferrin said the family pets were later found dead in the backyard, but he didn't say how they were killed.

Police also later discovered a body near the residence.

Detective Alvaro Zabaleta said Zuluaga confessed to killing Nino and disposing of his body.

Although the body found wrapped in a rug is believed to be Nino, police are still waiting on a positive identification from the medical examiner's office.

A man who asked not to be identified told Local 10 News he noticed someone dumping what looked like trash in the area late Sunday night.

"It concerns me quite a bit," the man said.

Zuluaga faces charges of second-degree murder and aggravated battery with a deadly weapon.

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