Rodolfo Rivera allegedly called 911 saying he thought he'd killed his soldier wife

By Elaine Aradillas
November 13, 2018 05:15 PM
Credit: Natasha Soto/Facebook

A U.S. Marine is accused of murdering his wife, also a marine, after he called 911 and allegedly told dispatchers he may have killed her, according to multiple reports.

Cpl. Rodolfo Rivera, 24, is charged with murder and remains at the Arlington County Detention Facility without bond, an Arlington County police official confirms to PEOPLE.

At about 9:40 a.m. on Nov. 3, Arlington County police were called to the Crystal Gateway Marriott in Arlington, Virginia, where they discovered a deceased female inside a hotel room, according to a police statement.

Lance Cpl. Natasha Rivera, 20, of Stafford, Virginia, was pronounced dead.

The night before, the married couple attended the Marine Corps Base Quantico Birthday Ball at the hotel, officials from Marine Corps Base Quantico confirm to PEOPLE.

Rodolfo allegedly told police that when he awoke, he found his deceased wife beside him, according to an affidavit for a search warrant filed in Stafford Circuit Court and obtained by

Rodolfo Rivera
| Credit: Arlington County Police

• Want to keep up with the latest crime coverage? Click here to get breaking crime news, ongoing trial coverage and details of intriguing unsolved cases in the True Crime Newsletter.

He allegedly called for help and told the dispatcher he believed he had killed her, the affidavit states.

Rodolfo told police officials he drank to the point of “blacking out,” according to the affidavit, which adds he said he had no memory of what occurred the night before.

The affidavit also stated that Natasha had injuries to her neck consistent with strangulation as well as bruising to her arms and face.

The couple had recently had a son in September according to Natasha’s Facebook page.

Though Quantico was made aware of the situation when it occurred, the Arlington County Police Department and the Naval Criminal Investigative Service are handling the investigation.

It was not immediately clear if Rodolfo has entered a plea or retained an attorney.

“We are shocked and saddened by this tragic loss. Our deepest sympathies are extended to the Marines and families involved,” Major Kenneth Kunze, the Communication Strategy and Operations Officer for Marine Corps Base Quantico, said in a statement obtained by PEOPLE.