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The Bobster
08-04-2018, 09:33 AM

Mother of 5 Traveling From NYC to Philly Disappears, Man Found With Her SUV
Police say the Pennsylvania man knows the missing New York woman
By Gina Cook
Published at 10:09 PM EDT on Aug 3, 2018


An SUV belonging to a New York woman reported missing has been found in Fairfax County, Virginia, and police have arrested a man for stealing the vehicle.

Vianele Tavera, 50, left her home in New York for a planned trip to Philadelphia. The mother of five has not been in contact with her family since Saturday, July 28, police said.

Fairfax County police said Tavera's Acura MDX was found in the 9000 block of South Park Circle in Fairfax Station on Monday.

Officers were initially called there about a man inside the SUV who needed medical attention, police said. They found 38-year-old Luis E. Negron-Martinez, of Philadelphia, inside the SUV.

Police then discovered the SUV belonged to Tavera and she had been reported missing. Officers then obtained a search warrant and found a handgun inside the vehicle.

Negron-Martinez was arrested on charges of grand larceny and possession of a concealed weapon. He was taken to the Fairfax County Adult Detention Center and held without bond.

Fairfax County police said Negron-Martinez and Tavera know each other.

Police believe Tavera made it to her destination, but that she may have been harmed.

Fairfax County authorities said they have been working closely with the New York Police Department, Philadelphia Police Department and Pennsylvania State Police.

The Bobster
08-06-2018, 09:47 AM

Body Found in Feltonville Likely Remains of Missing NY Mom, Vianela Tavera, Family Says
Published 2 hours ago | Updated 49 minutes ago


The missing body of Vianela Tavera, a mom of five from New York :mad:, may have been found Sunday in the Feltonville section of Philadelphia, family members said.

Family members of Tavera said they are "99 percent" sure the body found over the weekend was in fact Tavera.

The body was found in a home in the 400 block of West Mentor Street after complaints of a foul odor led a search of the property.

Tavera lived in New York but has family in Camden. She's the mom of five children.

Her SUV has been found in Virginia, along with a man she knew: Luis Negron Martinez.

Martinez, who is from Philadelphia, was found in the car with a gun. Police said he needed medical attention when he was found, but he's now in custody in Fairfax County, Virginia.

Police are questioning Martinez. They did not say how the two knew each other.

The body still must be examined by a coroner before police can make an official identification.

The Bobster
08-07-2018, 10:45 AM

Decomposing Body Found In Basement Of Feltonville Home Identified As Missing New York Woman
August 7, 2018 at 1:10 pm

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — A decomposing body found in the basement of a home in the Feltonville section of Philadelphia has been identified as a missing woman from New York. Police say 50-year-old Vianela Tavera, a mother of 5, was shot in the head and a suspect is in custody.

Investigators had been searching for Tavera after she was reported missing last week.

A suspect in Tavera’s death is currently in custody in Virginia. Fairfax police stopped 38-year-old Luis Negron-Martinez, of Philadelphia, on July 30 for driving Tavera’s Acura SUV. Police say they also found he was in possession of a 9mm gun.

Investigators then contacted Philadelphia detectives following his arrest.

On Sunday, police found Tavera’s body in the basement of a home on the 400 block of Roosevelt Boulevard.

The Medical Examiner’s Officer determined Tavera was shot in the head and ruled her death a homicide.

Negron-Martinez remains in custody of Fairfax police. Police are continuing to investigate the murder.