Detectives: Alabama man killed, girlfriend and her young son dismembered

DADEVILLE, Ala. (WRBL) – Gruesome details continue to unfold in a real house of horror investigation where a friend is suspected of murdering and maiming his girlfriend and her son while holding her daughter hostage for over a week before she escaped.

Tallapoosa County Sheriff Jimmy Abbett confirms that the friend, 37-year-old Jose Reyes, is charged with multiple counts of capital murder, misuse of a corpse and first-degree kidnapping.

According to arrest warrants obtained by the WRBL on Wednesday, investigators believe Reyes deliberately caused the death of his girlfriend, Sandra Vazquez Ceja, on July 24 by suffocating her with a pillow. Reyes is also accused of killing Ceja’s youthful son, who is under 14, by beating him with his hands and feet. The boy’s full name has not been released.

Reyes is also charged with two counts of misuse of a corpse. According to the arrest warrants, investigators believe Reyes dismembered his girlfriend and her young son by cutting the bodies into small pieces at the joints to hide evidence.

Investigators believe Reyes then held Ceja’s 12-year-old daughter hostage in his mobile home along CR 34 in Dadeville. Detectives believe the girl was held in bedside posts for about a week, while she was given alcohol and drugs to keep her in an altered state. However, on Monday, August 1, the child escaped by chewing from her shackles and ran away from the mobile home while Reyes was working on a construction site in Auburn.

Investigators say the child was noticed by a passerby as she ran away from the mobile home. The motorist, who is called a guardian angel, stayed with the girl and called 112. Emergency services arrived and the child received medical attention. Court documents indicate that officers saw marks on the victim’s wrist indicating that they had been detained. Detectives say the braces on her teeth broke while chewing through the braces. Multiple law enforcement agencies then began investigating the mobile home. Then the dismembered bodies of Ceja and her son were found.

Reyes was located in the Auburn area Monday by US Marshalls and taken into custody. He was initially charged with kidnapping, followed by multiple counts of capital murder and misuse of a corpse. Reyes remains behind bars at the Tallapoosa County Detention Center without bail. He is due to appear in court for the first time on Wednesday.

Meanwhile, the 12-year-old survivor is praised by the police for her strength and perseverance. Sheriff Abbett says she has received medical attention and is in a protective, safe environment. He says multiple agencies have come forward to help her.

The investigation is underway. Help the FBI, Department of Homeland Security and other agencies.

WRBL will keep you updated when additional details are released.

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