18-Year-Old Vanishes On Way to Meet Her Mom — 5 Years Later, a Suspect Is Charged
Police believe they may have recovered the remains of Zoe Campos, who was 18 when she was last seen back on Nov. 17, 2013
It was five years ago this past Saturday that 18-year-old Zoe Campos vanished without a trace in Texas. On Friday, police in Lubbock announced a break in the case and filed a felony murder charge against 25-year-old Carlos Andrew Rodriquez.
PEOPLE obtained the arrest warrant detailing the allegations against Rodriquez.
The defendant is being held on $500,000 bond and is currently serving a four-year prison sentence following his recent conviction on stalking charges.
Campos was 18 when she was last seen back on Nov. 17, 2013. She was reported missing two days later — the same day Campos’ aunt allegedly spotted her car being driven by someone other than her.
The warrant alleges that in March, an inmate at the Lubbock County Detention Center approached authorities, claiming to have information pertinent to the Campos investigation. The inmate allegedly told police Rodriquez boasted about getting away with murder, saying, “They’ve searched the land already, they’re not gonna find the body until they move the concrete.”
Earlier this month, police with cadaver dogs searched the property, and found bones that were eventually identified as belonging to an animal, not a human.
But the arrest warrant alleges Rodriquez was interviewed against last week by investigators, and he agreed to guide them to the location of human remains he said were buried behind the home in which he lived in 2013.
The warrant further alleges Rodriquez confessed to authorities that he killed Campos, telling them the girl drove to his residence in the early morning hours of Nov. 18, 2013, after a mutual friend introduced the two of them only hours before. Later, he allegedly admitted to choking the teen to death.
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Medical examiners are still working to identify the human remains that were recovered from the Lubbock site last week.
The arrest warrant alleges Rodriquez previously denied knowing anything about Campos’ disappearance.
After she was dead, Rodriquez allegedly said he buried the girl in a shallow grave, and dumped her car behind a nearby apartment complex.
The warrant doesn’t mention a possible motive.
Over the weekend, Campos’ relatives issued a statement on the developments.
“A family is left broken and shattered after holding out hope that one day they would be able to hug their daughter,” reads the statement. “For five years we have been waiting for answers, through pleas, anger, tears, and hope and through those five years, you have loved us, supported us, shared Zoe, and had every emotion we have had.”
It was unclear Monday if Rodriquez had appeared before a judge to enter a plea to the felony murder charge he faces. It was not immediately clear if he has a lawyer.