Authorities in Texas said Saturday that a U.S. Customs and Border Protection agent has been arrested on suspicion of killing four women and abducting a fifth.
"This case broke open yesterday with an aggravated kidnapping and then a lookout for a suspect, in this case Ortiz", said Isidro R. "Chilo" Alaniz, Webb County district attorney. The fourth body was reported discovered just after 12pm this afternoon along I-35 just north of Laredo.
Ortiz's arrest came on the heels of a case in April in which authorities in Laredo arrested Ronald Anthony Burgos Aviles, also a supervisor for the Border Patrol, and charged him with killing a woman with whom he was romantically involved and her 1-year-old son.
Juan Davis Ortiz, 35, a former US Navy vet, who has been with the US Border Patrol for 10 years was captured by the state troopers on Saturday in Laredo, a Texas city on the border with Mexico.
"We have very strong evidence that he is the person who has been killing", Sheriff Cuellar said at a press conference posted on CNN affiliate KGNS's Facebook page. Chapa said investigators are not ruling out the possibility of more victims. His known victims were all believed to have worked as prostitutes, and according to a CBS News report, investigators have not ruled out the possibility of more victims. Cuellar said investigators believe heacted alone.
The sheriff's office said all four bodies have been found, and no other victims are expected.
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"It's interesting that he would be observing and watching as law enforcement was looking for the killer, that he would be reporting to work every day like normal", Mr Alaniz said.
Mr Alaniz declined to discuss the evidence or say how the women were killed. His first victim Laredo resident Melissa Ramirez, 29, (left) was found dead on September 4.
The second was Claudine Luera, 42, who was found alive but in critical condition on Thursday on Texas Highway 255, according to the New York Times. None of the women's names have been released, pending notification of family members.
Authorities found Ortiz at a gas station in Laredo, about 160 miles southwest of San Antonio.
An investigation is ongoing by Texas Rangers of the Texas Department of Public Safety.