Woman’s body found in Wheaton, ID’ed as missing person

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MONTGOMERY COUNTY, Md. -- Police have arrested a man in connection with a homicide case where a woman who had been missing was found dead behind a shopping center in Wheaton.

First responders were called to the scene around 3:30 p.m. on Friday, and found Dania de Guerra, 21, dead. She wasn't identified until Saturday, but police said on the scene that they suspected the body belonged to de Guerra. She had disappeared after leaving the nearby KFC that she worked at just after midnight on November 6. Her husband reported her missing the following morning.

De Guerra's cell phone and purse were missing, and there was trauma to her body. The medical examiner has concluded that her death was a homicide by multiple blunt force trauma and asphyxia.

Dania Suyapa Mendez De Guerra and Elmer Marilan Campos-Martinez

Police also announced Saturday that they had arrested Elmer Campos-Martinez, 47, and charged him with second-degree murder in De Guerra's death. They say that Campos-Martinez admitted to being in a relationship with the victim, who he worked at KFC with, and that they got in an argument after he finished his shift and waited nearby for de Guerra to finish hers.

Police say Campos-Martinez told them she was angry with him and wanted to end their relationship. Campos-Martinez reportedly said he punched her three times and pushed her to the ground, "where she hit her head" and appeared unresponsive.

Campos-Martinez told police he took her belongings, discarded them in a dumpster, and fled in a taxi. He is on jail in a no bond status.

Anyone with information regarding this homicide is asked to call the Major Crimes Division at 240-773-5070.