OTHELLO, Wash. – MPs have arrested a 28-year-old man following the discovery of several bodies in an abandoned vehicle near Othello, in eastern Washington.
Adams County Sheriff’s Deputies arrested Mauricio Nava-Garibay on Thursday, hours after finding the female bodies, Spokane’s KXLY-TV reported.
The man waived his rights and agreed to an interview, according to court documents.
He told authorities he had an argument with his girlfriend, Dora Martinez, on Wednesday night and stabbed and strangled her with an extension court in the garage of a house.
A second woman, Guadalupe Martinez, entered the garage and Nava-Garibay told officers he also killed her.
He told authorities that he dismembered their bodies because they were too heavy to lift. He then proceeded to a location where he left the car with the bodies inside.
According to the Adams County Sheriff’s Office, the suspect was held in the Adams County Jail Thursday on suspicion of first degree murder and potentially other charges.
Investigators said someone called authorities to report blood on the hood of a car in the 2200 block of Charla Road. When the deputies arrived, they discovered a body inside the car.
The Washington State Crime Lab response team responded to the scene and collected evidence and found other human remains in the trunk of the vehicle.
Authorities say the bodies of the victims are in such poor condition that they cannot be identified immediately.
Sheriff Dale Wagner called the investigation “very demanding and delicate”.
He asked anyone with information that could help with the investigation to call the sheriff’s office at 509-659-1122 and said callers can remain anonymous.
Othello is approximately 180 miles southeast of Seattle.
The Associated Press contributed to this story.