Puerto Rican Boxer Félix Verdejo is Questioned in Girl’s Disappearance

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Puerto Rican Boxer Félix Verdejo is Questioned in Woman's Disappearance

Puerto Rican boxer Félix Verdejo was questioned Friday in connection with the disappearance of a 27-year-old woman, the day before her body was washed up in a lagoon in San Juan, the island’s capital.

Keishla Rodríguez Ortiz, whose body was found on Saturday, was identified from dental files, the Forensic Institute in Puerto Rico said on Sunday. Police said in a report from a missing person that Ms. Rodríguez Ortiz last spoke to her mother at around 7 a.m. local time on Thursday.

Authorities said they had identified Mr. Verdejo, 27, as a person interested in Ms. Rodríguez Ortiz’s disappearance.

According to reports in the Puerto Rican news media, Mr. Verdejo was seen leaving the San Juan Criminal Investigation Corps headquarters on Friday. Investigative Corps captain Luis Díaz Muñoz told El Nuevo Día newspaper that Mr. Verdejo was not cooperating with investigators.

Antonio López Figueroa, the territory police commissioner, told reporters on Friday that Mr Verdejo was a person of interest in the case. At a press conference on Saturday, he did not say whether the authorities had identified suspects.

Mr. Verdejo, a light boxer, represented Puerto Rico at the London 2012 Olympics. His record is 27-2 with 17 KOs, according to Top Rank, a boxing promotion company in Las Vegas.

He could not be reached on Sunday. Top Rank, which lists Mr. Verdejo as one of his fighters, did not respond to a request for comment.

“Top Rank’s thoughts and prayers go with the family and friends of Keishla Marlen Rodríguez Ortiz and with the people of Puerto Rico at this moment of grief,” the company said in a statement on Saturday evening. “We are deeply concerned by the news and will continue to monitor the case as it unfolds.”

Ms. Rodríguez Ortiz ‘mother, Keila Ortiz Rivera, told El Nuevo Día that when she last spoke to her daughter on Thursday morning, Ms. Rodríguez Ortiz told her that Mr. Verdejo was on the way to meet her to see the results of a to see pregnancy test she had taken.

“I told her to ‘be careful’ because he threatened her not to have a baby, that he had his family, that he is a boxer, that he is a public figure,” Ms. Ortiz Rivera told El Nuevo Slide.

At around 9:30 a.m. on Thursday, Ms. Ortiz Rivera announced that she had received a call from her other daughter, who told her that Ms. Rodríguez Ortiz’s boss had called to say she had not shown up for work .

“It was super strange to me because she is very responsible for her job,” said Ms. Ortiz Rivera.

Ms. Ortiz Rivera said she called Mr. Verdejo to ask about her daughter and he said he did not know where she was.

“You’re lying to me – that’s the first lie,” Ortiz Rivera recalled. “She spoke to me a while ago and told me that when you finished exercising, you would go to her house.”