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Boxer Felix Verdejo, a lightweight contender who represented Puerto Rico at the 2012 Olympic games, has been questioned in the disappearance of a pregnant woman — who was later found dead in a lagoon over the weekend, according to reports.
Verdejo was first brought in for questioning by police in Puerto Rico on Friday as “a person of interest” in the disappearance of Keishla Marlen Rodriguez, 27, who went missing Thursday, according to ESPN.
He refused to answer questions, ESPN said.
On Sunday, authorities confirmed that the body of a woman found floating in Laguna San Jose Saturday was Rodriguez. Her family claimed the 27-year-old woman went missing after meeting with Verdejo to tell him she was pregnant, Spanish-language newspaper El Vocero reported.
Authorities are now pushing to obtain cell phone records for both the boxer and Rodriguez, Puerto Rican news outlet Primera Hora reported.
Verdujo, 27, is married. The lightweight, who went pro in 2012, has a 27-2 record with 17 knockouts, losing his most recent bout in December, when he was knocked out by Masayoshi Nakatani in Las Vegas, according to ESPN.
His promoter, Top Rank, said in a statement that they are “deeply disturbed” by the allegations surrounding Rodriguez’s death.
“Top Rank’s thoughts and prayers are with Keishla Marlen Rodriguez Ortiz’s family and friends, and with all those in mourning,” the statement said.
“We are deeply disturbed by the news reports, and we will continue to monitor developments in the case as it progresses.”
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