Felix Verdejo faces serious charges of kidnapping and murdering pregnant Keishle Marlen Rodriguez Ortiz. The Puerto Rican boxer and former Olympian turns himself last Sunday in San Juan shortly after the dead body of a 27-year-old woman believed to have been his lover and who, according to foreign media, was carrying his child.
Video evidence suggests that young Keishle's body was thrown into a lagoon after she was beaten and drugged. It all happened after her alleged meeting with Verdejo and at least one other participant, BoxingScene reports, citing information from the arrest warrant.
The evidence pointing to Verde, ie his involvement in this serious crime, was cited by investigators by an unnamed witness who was alleged, first hand, aware of the abduction as well as the murder of the aforementioned Rodriguez.
According to the report, Verdejo contacted Rodriguez on April 27, and when he became aware that she had been carrying his child for a month, he allegedly persuaded the victim to have an abortion. The investigation also suggests that Verdejo then contacted the witness and "asked for help in terminating the pregnancy."
Phone records suggest the Puerto Rican boxer contacted Rodriguez on Thursday and requested a meeting near her residence. Verdejo and the witness then drove away in Felix's car (Dodge Durango SUV) which corresponds to the description of the vehicle that the camera caught near the lagoon where the dead body was found.
According to witnesses, the boxer hit the victim in the face and injected her with previously procured substances. Verdejo and the witness then tied the victim's arms and legs, and the witness then took the keys and boarded in Keishla's car (Kia Forte).
Verdejo allegedly then transported the drugged and unconscious Rodriguez in his vehicle to the Teodoro Moscoso Bridge from where she was thrown into the water. According to the report, Verdejo then fired a shot at Rodriguez.
The body of the dead Rodriguez was found on Saturday. Her face was so deformed that it was impossible to identify her without a dental record. This case was officially taken over by the FBI, from which they immediately collected telephone records indicating the communication between Verdejo and the victim on April 28 and 29.
Verdejo turns himself on Sunday night, and he and his lawyers have so far declined to comment on the serious allegations. The 27-year-old boxer nicknamed 'El Diamante' has recorded 27 wins and two losses during his professional career.
He performed in the lightweight category and was last seen in the ring on December 12, 2020, when he was defeated by Japanese Masayoshi Nakatani by technical knockout. In 2012, the same one in which he will become a professional, he represented Puerto Rico at the Olympic Games.