Man admits killing pregnant tourist

Thursday, Feb. 5, 2009 10:00 AM
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SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico - A Puerto Rico man confessed to killing a pregnant tourist who was kidnapped as she was jogging in this U.S. Caribbean territory, police said Thursday. They also said his mother served time in prison for slitting the throats of two children.

Eliezer Marquez Navedo, 36, apparently acted alone in the tourist's killing, said Antonio Lopez, police investigations chief in the eastern city of Fajardo.

Prosecutor Francisco Sanchez said the charges against Marquez would include kidnapping, rape and first-degree murder.

Sara Kuszak made a desperate call for help from the trunk of her kidnapper's car Wednesday, about an hour before she was found dead with her throat slashed.

Police say Marquez told them that he abducted Kuszak after seeing her jogging alone.

"He opened the trunk, he waited for her to pass by and he forced her into the trunk," Lopez said.

Investigating officer Arsenio Rodriguez said the FBI used a signal from the victim's cell phone to help locate the suspect, whose shirt and pants was covered with blood. Kuszak's fiance had called the FBI, which turned the case over to local police.

The suspect's mother, Ines Navedo, was convicted for killing of a brother and sister, ages 2 and 3, in 1992 and served more than 12 years in prison before she was released.

A jury convicted her of second-degree murder because she was under the influence of drugs and alcohol, said Pablo Roman, a retired police officer who investigated the case.

Kuszak, 35, who moved to Savannah, Georgia, from San Francisco about five years ago, arrived Tuesday night in Puerto Rico, where she met up with her fiance and several friends.

"She was looking forward to the rest of her life with her fiance and her unborn baby," her friend Matt Daniel said in a phone interview from Georgia. "I'm just devastated. I don't know who would do something like that."

Kuszak, who worked on sailboats and part-time in real estate and catering, was five months pregnant, friends said.

She and her fiance, Cheshire McIntosh, met several years ago on a South Pacific island where she was vacationing and he was sailing a yacht, said another friend in Georgia, John Everette.

Kuszak apparently was going to visit some friends whose yacht was docked in Fajardo, marina spokeswoman Frances Rios said. Kuszak's cell phone call for help was placed to a marina employee who then called 911.

Police would not release a transcript of the marina employee's 911 call because the case is under investigation.

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moneyman1035
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moneyman1035 02/05/09 - 11:45 am
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That is sick! I hope they are

That is sick! I hope they are doing DNA testing on the clothing the man was wearing... I would like to do the same to him if he is found guilty!!

FallingLeaves
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FallingLeaves 02/05/09 - 12:08 pm
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Grrrrr. Why????? God rest

Grrrrr. Why????? God rest her soul and may her murderer never have another moment's peace.

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jajo1012 02/05/09 - 12:23 pm
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Words cannot describe how

Words cannot describe how tragic this is. Do things like this really happen? I wonder if there was any way the two knew each other, or if there was a motive. I hope the investigation resolves this. God rest her soul.

iletuknow
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iletuknow 02/05/09 - 12:26 pm
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Folks,you don't go jogging or

Folks,you don't go jogging or out and about by yourself in dodgy Caribbean locations.
http://savannahnow.com/node/667159

Does_it_really_matter
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Does_it_really_matter 02/05/09 - 01:12 pm
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Puerto Rico is a

Puerto Rico is a hole......shame we have to claim it as ours.

sprintman
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sprintman 02/05/09 - 02:28 pm
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What's wrong with Puerto

What's wrong with Puerto rico? Woman get killed and raped everday in the states. Stacy and Laci peterson both killed by their husbands.

LadyCisback
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LadyCisback 02/05/09 - 02:30 pm
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Puerto Rico is not a hole!!..

Puerto Rico is not a hole!!.. It happens everywhere.. even here in this dump you people call Augusta.. It shame we have to put up with you gringos in our island!!

jamesj
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jamesj 02/05/09 - 04:05 pm
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iTS a shame we have to

iTS a shame we have to support you ricans with our tax dollar....

JUST_ME
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JUST_ME 02/05/09 - 11:09 pm
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Geez... Well this "Rican"

Geez...
Well this "Rican" prays and sends their condolences to the family, and hopes that the sorry SOB gets what he deserves, without having to put RACES down!! Always remember this happens anywhere and everywhere regardless of race, sex, religion, creed etc... Thats just ignorant, I'm pretty sure jamesj you are also supporting plenty of white ppl (and other races for that matter) with your tax dollars too.

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Motorman5039 02/05/09 - 11:19 pm
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Doesitreallymatter: You

Doesitreallymatter: You don't have to do anything...It's a shame people like you think in the most simplest of terms...If you really thought about it your propblem is of your own creation...

boricua0
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boricua0 02/06/09 - 01:24 am
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jamesj It’s a shame we have

jamesj
It’s a shame we have people like you, I’m Puerto Rican and you don’t support me with your tax money. If I don’t work I don’t eat.

jamesj
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jamesj 02/06/09 - 02:34 am
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Yea its a shame .... I stand

Yea its a shame .... I stand up for myself. If you work in the USA you pay federal tax, unles your a dem... anyway, Puerto rico gets our tax dollar and dosent pay federal taxes. They also get to put made in america on the products made there. This country helps support them. And then some butthead wants to rag on us for going to the Island??? Its makes me mad and I will not stand for it. And further more If your here you dont want to be there and theres a reason for that. If your a good person I respect you, but dont go talking trash about my people visiting that hole, when we have pretty much gave enough money to buy the place.

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jamesj 02/06/09 - 02:54 am
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Puerto Rico currently

Puerto Rico currently receives more than $4.2 billion annually in federal aid from the United States. A substantial portion of this amount is earmarked for public welfare, including funding educational programs (such as Head Start), subsidized housing programs (such as (Section 8 and public housing projects), and a food stamp system called the Nutrition Assistance for Puerto Rico program

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marien 02/06/09 - 09:02 am
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Sounds like someone needs to

Sounds like someone needs to be reported to the webmaster........

toldya
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toldya 02/06/09 - 02:53 pm
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OMG-I don't care where this

OMG-I don't care where this happened. A lunatic raped and murdered a pregnant woman. Hang him from waxxed dental floss. The police found him because when the woman called the marina from her cell phone-told the marina person the car color and type and a description of the guy- the cops were able to track the phone- which was on HIM, he was covered in her blood. They found him within an hour of the phone call. I would bet the life of myself and my child that he indeed murdered this poor soul. Pray for her fiance, who lost his entire family and future due to this lunatic. Who gives a crap if it was in Puerto Rico?

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