By Joe Johnson
Authorities have obtained arrest warrants for a suspect in the death of a woman whose body was found near the suspect’s house over six months ago.
Adriana Castañeda, 38, was reported missing from her Kathwood Drive home on March 7 and her body was found three weeks later in woods near a house on Maple Forge Drive that was owned by Javier Carbajal-Soto, with whom she was said to have had a relationship.
Although a cause and manner for the woman’s death have yet to be established, investigators have been probing it as though foul play were involved.
Police indicated that there were no obvious signs of trauma to Castañeda’s body that could explain her death and said that an autopsy at the Georgia Bureau of Investigation’s State Crime Lab was inconclusive.
“Castañeda’s death has not been ruled a homicide, it is just being investigated as one,” said Lt. David Norris, a supervisor in the Athens-Clarke County Police Department's Criminal Investigations Division. “There was a loss of life and until the manner of death is clearly determined we will devote resources to its investigation and resolution the same as a criminal homicide investigation.”
After Castañeda’s body was found on March 21, investigators obtained warrants for the arrest of 51-year-old Carbajal-Soto on charges of concealing the death of another and tampering with evidence.
“We believe Carbajal attempted to conceal the death and discovery of Castañeda based on what was discovered during the investigation," Norris said. “The tampering with evidence is related to efforts made to conceal the death and discovery.”
Norris would not reveal how the investigation linked Carbajal-Soto to Castañeda’s death, but the man’s neighbors reported seeing police activity in and around the suspect’s house the day that the body was found and afterwards. One neighbor told of seeing investigators remove carpeting and other items from the residence.
Anyone with information about this case should contact Lt. Norris at 706-613-3330, ext 556 or email@example.com.