Police divers find body likely of missing boy in Omaha river

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A body was recovered from a river near Omaha Monday and authorities believe it is that of a 5-year-old boy whose adult brother was charged in their mother’s stabbing death and whose younger brother was found alive in a dumpster.

Divers in the Elkhorn River west of Omaha brought the body to shore, according to Omaha Police Capt. Kerry Neumann at a news conference Monday. Neumann said investigators believe the body is that of Josue Ramirez-Marinero, but a forensic examination will be conducted for confirmation. The boy’s family has been notified.

Josue’s brother Robert Martinez-Marinero surrendered to police Thursday and said he’d stabbed his mother, 45-year-old Jesus Ismenia Marinero, after they argued about money. The 25-year-old man also said he’d thrown Josue in the river at the bridge and put 11-month-old Angel Ramirez-Marinero in the dumpster.

Angel was found bruised but alive last Wednesday in the dumpster in La Vista. His mother’s body was found Wednesday night in a southeast Omaha ditch.

Authorities have been searching for Josue in the Elkhorn River since last week.

Neumann would not comment about the condition of the body or whether it had been bound.

Gabriela Guevara, 24, whom investigators describe as Martinez-Marinero’s girlfriend, has been arrested on charges of being an accessory to homicide.

Online court records don’t list the names of attorneys who could be contacted to comment about the allegations against Guevara or Martinez-Marinero.

 

 

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