Man arrested on murder charges more than 20 years after 13-year-old girl’s body found in Bronx dumpster

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Joseph Martinez being walked by police on Nov. 29, 2021 in a teen’s 1999 death. (PIX11 News)

NEW YORK — Police nailed a man on murder charges in a 13-year-old girl’s death more than two decades after her body was found in a Bronx dumpster, officials said Monday.

Minerliz Soriano went missing from her Pelham Parkway home on Feb. 24, 1999, an NYPD spokesman said. Her body was found bound and in a plastic bag inside a dumpster on Bartow Avenue on Feb. 28, 1999.

Police arrested 49-year-old New Rochelle man Joseph Martinez on murder charges.

DNA evidence led to his arrest.

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