A Florida man who taunted police to “find the body” has been arrested for the murder of his wife — after they found her body buried in his Boynton Beach backyard, the Palm Beach Post reports.
Roberto Colon, 66, reportedly told police he married Mary Stella Gomez-Mullett — an immigrant who lived with and took care or his mother, who suffered from dementia — so she could become a US citizen.
But he became convinced that Gomez-Mullett had been “defrauding” his mother of thousands of dollars, police said.
Gomez-Mullett was on the phone with a friend on February 18 when she drove to Colon’s house to drop off a vehicle he accused her of “fraudulently” obtaining from his mother. She also brought with her a purse the mother had given her and some other items, the friend said, because she wanted to end her relationship with Colon.
The friend told police Gomez-Mullett pulled into Colon’s driveway at about 2 p.m. and yelled “No, no no Roberto!” moments before the call disconnected. Calls to her phone went to after that went directly to voice mail.
The friend reported Gomez-Mullett missing on February 20, 6 South Florida reported. According to an affidavit, Colon told police he’d had an argument with her that day and “terminated [her] from her employment.” He left for a doctor’s appointment he said, and she was gone when he returned.
Three days later, a bloody purse with a broken rosary inside was found about a mile from Colon’s house. Gomez-Mullett’s family identified the purse and items in it as belonging to their relative
Police obtained a search warrant for Colon’s house and executed it on February 24, finding red stains on the front door that were later confirmed to be bloodstains, the Post said. Colon told detectives he had cut himself while installing the door. They also found blood spatter on the walls, floor, and ceiling of his garage. Colon told investigators he’d never noticed the blood and said it probably came from his dog, which had been bleeding some months ago and shook while in his crate. But lab tests confirmed the spatter was human blood.
Detectives returned to Colon’s house two days later, and Colon taunted them about the search, calling out to them, “Find the body, find the body,” court documents said. They found no body but did find marijuana. “Well, at least you didn’t find a body at my house,” Colon told the detectives.
On Friday, police arrested Colon on drug possession charges. “There’s one thing they can’t do,” Colon said. “They can’t put … Humpty Dumpty back together again.”
Colon laughed about the search of his house. “There’s really nothing that they can take from my house, you know. It’s no use to them in prosecution, except parts and [stuff].”
But that turned out not to be true. When police searched his backyard on Friday, they found human remains. Fingerprints confirmed the body was Gomez-Mullett.
“Our heartfelt condolences are with Mary’s family and loved ones,” Boynton Beach Police Chief Michael G. Gregory said. “We remain dedicated to this ongoing investigation and bringing justice to her family.”
Colon has been charged with premeditated first-degree murder in Gomez-Mulett’s death as well as two marijuana possession charges, jail records show. He’s being held in Palm Beach County Jail.
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[Featured image: Mary Stella Gomez-Mullett/Boynton Beach Police Department]