A man from Beloit, Wisconsin trying to hide the corpse of a woman he claimed died while he was having sex with her.
According to a press release from the Rock County Sheriff’s Department, a truck driver discovered the body of Nakiela A. Thompson, age 27, in a grassy field near a truck stop in Illinois. A few weeks later, police interviewed Marco Rodriguez, 50, in connection with her death.
During an interview with police, Rodriguez said he didn’t kill Thompson. He did admit to wrapping Thompson’s body up in a tarp, shoving her body in the back of his truck and driving her across a state line to dump her body.
According to Rodriguez, he and Thompson would meet up regularly for the two months leading to her death. He claimed he would pay her $20 each time to have sex with him, a complaint obtained by Channel 3000 stated. After picking up Thompson for what would be their final meetup, he took her to R & D Tire Shop, a business owned by Rodriguez’s brother. Rodriguez had a bedroom at the business where he said the two would have sex.
But, Rodriguez claimed that while having sex, he noticed that Thompson began "acting strange.” Soon, according to Rodriguez, she was gasping for air. Foam also began coming out of her mouth, he said. Then, he said she stopped breathing.
Rodriguez told police that in a state of panic, he dressed her up before loading her into his truck. He allegedly admitted to dumping her purse, cell phone and other belongings of Thompson’s in a dumpster at the tire shop.
Suffocation is believed to be the cause of Thompson’s death. Police think that cocaine could have also contributed. She also reportedly suffered a “sutured laceration” on her forehead and facial bruising, according to the complaint.
Last week, Rodriguez was arrested on charges related to the hiding of a corpse, according to the police press release. It is unclear at this time if he has a lawyer who can speak on his behalf. The Rock County Sheriff’s Department said on his arrest, “a defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.”
A GoFundMe has been set up for Thompson's family.
[Photo: Rock County Sheriff’s Department]