PHILADELPHIA — The body of a missing Bronx mother has been found in Philadelphia, police confirmed Tuesday.
Vianela Tavera, 50, was last seen leaving her home on July 27, according to surveillance video obtained by PIX 11. She had a planned trip to Philadelphia, and authorities believe it was to visit Luis Negron-Martinez, who she was dating.
Her family began to worry when they didn’t hear from Tavera for several days.
“Calling her phone, hospitals in Pennsylvania,” said David Bautista, 29, the husband of Tavera’s niece.
Police said they found Negron-Martinez, 38, on July 30 inside Tavera’s car in Fairfax County, Virginia. He was allegedly in possession of a 9mm firearm.
Police arrested Negron-Martinez for grand larceny and possession of a concealed weapon.
Negron-Martinez was believed to have been dating Tavera.
During their investigation, officials searched several locations in Philadelphia and located a woman’s decomposing body, police said.
The body’s strong odor drew investigators to the basement of a home, CNN affiliate KYW reports.
The Medical Examiner confirms Tavera’s body was found, according to police. The mother of five was shot in the head, and her death has been determined to be a homicide.