Woman found dead in car trunk at Maple Shade hotel identified

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Friday, December 12, 2014
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The man who lived with a woman reported missing has been arrested.

MAPLE SHADE, N.J. (WPVI) -- Investigators have released the identity of the woman found dead in a car trunk outside a hotel in Maple Shade, New Jersey last weekend.

The Burlington County Prosecutor's Office said the body was that of 38-year-old Maria Santiago of the 100 block of East Wellens Avenue in Philadelphia.

Santiago's live-in boyfriend, 41-year-old Jesus Garcia, was charged on Monday with concealment of human remains. He is being held on $200,000 bail.

The Prosecutor's Office said the investigation into Santiago's death continues.

The body was discovered at 9:45 p.m. Sunday at the Quality Inn hotel in the 500 block of Route 38.

Investigators say Garcia was in possession of the car in which the body was found.

The discovery was made by Maple Shade police who were sent there by request of Philadelphia Police as part of the missing person investigation.

A source says neighbors have told police they heard fighting inside the home Friday night into Saturday.