Body in box on Md. highway identified
A body found Monday in a cardboard box in Frederick County was that of a District man who had been shot to death, according to D.C. police, who said they have obtained an arrest warrant for a suspect in the killing.
The victim, Jacobo Vazquez, 36, of the 1100 block of Massachusetts Avenue NW, was found just before 10 a.m. Monday by a Maryland highway clean-up crew on a post-weekend patrol for deer carcasses along Interstate 70 just west of the Frederick city line, police said. They said Vazquez, stuffed in a large, blood-stained box on an embankment below the westbound lanes, had been reported missing in the District on Friday.
"There was some identification left at the [highway] scene, not necessarily belonging to the victim," said Sgt. Wayne Wachsmuth, a detective with the Maryland State Police. He declined to elaborate, except to say that the identification led homicide investigators from the District to become involved in the case.
D.C. police said that the suspect named in the arrest warrant, Marvin Palencia, 34, of Hyattsville, was being sought Thursday. Authorities released photos of Palencia and of the vehicle he is believed to be driving, a light green or gray 2007 Honda Odyssey minivan with Maryland license plates reading, "PALNCIA." Police described him as "armed and dangerous."
Investigators would not discuss the circumstances of Vazquez's disappearance, D.C. police spokeswoman Gwendolyn Crump said the killing "appears to be domestic in nature."
In a statement, she said officers on Friday were summoned to the 100 block of Constitution Avenue NW, about a mile and a half from Vazquez's home, "to investigate a report of a missing person."
"Reporting officers alerted detectives due to the suspicious nature of the disappearance," the statement says.
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| November 18, 2010; 2:30 PM ET
Categories: Frederick, Homicide, Paul Duggan, The District
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