Miami-Dade Police believe they've made a major break in the case of a missing woman after a body was discovered inside an SUV submerged in a canal Monday.
The blue Ford Expedition that belonged to Raquel Maria Calderin was found in a canal on Krome Avenue about one mile north of 8th Street, police said.
Calderin’s disappearance led to first-degree murder and aggravated stalking charges to be filed against her husband Jesus Maqueira, 55. Calderin, 42, allegedly had a verbal dispute with Maqueria at her workplace on September 4, 2012. Calderin left work about 9:30 p.m. and hasn’t been seen since.
Miami-Dade Police said the 2008 Expedition belonging to Calderin was found around 5:15 p.m. Monday. Police also said human remains were inside the car.
The vehicle was transferred to the Medical Examiner's Office, which will provide official identification of the remains, police said.
Police said when they interviewed Maqueira at the time of his arrest, he gave conflicting statements before admitting to the murder.
"Look, I killed her, so take me to jail," he said, according to the arrest affidavit. Maqueira then laughed at investigators but refused to provide details, the affidavit said.