BOYNTON BEACH, Fla. – A 66-year-old man from Boynton Beach has been arrested on accusations that he killed a woman who he married so she could obtain a green card and buried her body in the backyard of his home, WPBF reported.
According to Boynton Beach police, the body of Mary Stella Gomez-Mullet, 44, was found Friday night in the backyard of Roberto Colon’s home in the 100 block of Southeast 28th Court.
Police said she last had contact with someone on the afternoon of Feb. 18.
According to a police report, Colon hired Gomez-Mullet as a caretaker for his mother in Hialeah, who he said suffers from dementia. Authorities said he told them he married Gomez-Mullet weeks after meeting her so she could become a U.S. citizen, in exchange for caring for his mother.
Gomez-Mullet was eventually reported missing after friends and relatives weren’t able to contact her.
Detectives said Colon admitted to getting into an argument with the victim the day she went missing because he believed she defrauded his mother out of thousands of dollars over the span of several months, and that he fired her as a result. But he denied knowing where the victim was.
Detectives said one of the victim’s friends told them she was on the phone with Gomez-Mullet as she was driving to Colon’s house to return the items his mother gave her and at one point she heard the victim say something similar to, “No, no, no Roberto!” before the call disconnected.
The friend said it sounded like Gomez-Mullet had been attacked.