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Colorado duo arrested after children's remains found encased in concrete, stuffed in suitcase
City of Pueblo Police Department

Colorado duo arrested after children's remains found encased in concrete, stuffed in suitcase

The child victims were last seen in 2018.

Police in Colorado have charged two suspects with dual counts of murder and abuse of a corpse following the discovery of children's remains in a suitcase and a metal container south of Denver.

The City of Pueblo Police Department charged and arrested Corena Rose Minjarez, 36, last week. Jesus Dominguez, 35 — also charged with two counts of first-degree murder and two counts of abuse of a corpse, as well as an additional charge of theft of government benefits — was arrested on Saturday.

Jesus Dominguez Jr. and Yesenia Dominguez went missing in the summer of 2018. At the time, their ages were 5 and 3. Investigators were hoping to find the children alive. Instead they found two horrific crime scenes.

Pueblo police were dispatched to a storage facility on Jan. 20 to follow up on a report of suspicious activity. A person at the scene had located a metal container in a storage unit filled with hardened concrete. Investigators searched the container, finding the remains of a child buried within.

Two days later, Pueblo police established that the remains belonged to a young female.

Following the grisly discovery, police arrested Jesus Dominguez and Corena Minjarez. According to police, the suspects raised the possibility that the children were in Phoenix, Arizona. However, when police explored this possibility, it proved to be a dead end.

While the suspects were initially cut loose, police soon explored additional troubling links between the duo and the victims.

Earlier this month, police tracked down a vehicle belonging to Minjarez at a local scrap yard. On Feb. 6, officers executed a search warrant and found a young boy's body stuffed into a suitcase and locked away in the trunk.

On Feb. 15, Pueblo police confirmed through DNA analysis that the remains discovered at the two locations belonged to the missing Dominguez children.

Sgt. Franklyn Ortega of the Pueblo Police Department told the New York Times that no missing children report had been filed regarding the victims. While police had apparently made welfare checks for the children, they had failed to locate them.

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