Police have made an arrest this morning in the murder of 18-year-old Tiffan Cabreja. Fernando Granados, who is 20, is in custody and charged with second degree murder. Police believe that the man may have been high on crack when he killed Cabreja and then decided to dump her body in a Homestead construction site.
The bizarre case began when witness said they saw a body fall out of the back of a commercial truck near Southwest 288th Street and Southwest 144th Street. A man got out of the truck and put the body back inside. It appears now that that incident was unrelated.
A search uncovered the Cabreja's lifeless body with a ligature tied around her neck and a bag over her head at a Homestead construction site earlier this week.
Granados told police that he had picked up Cabreja last Friday night with another male friend. The trio drove Leisure City Park where, according to Granados, they all smoked crack cocaine before going to the construction site. Granados then began to choke Cabreja as the still unidentified friend punched her.
"It appears the motive is that this man was under the influence of crack, and that is when he apparently lost control and killed her," Det. Roy Rutland, a Miami-Dade police spokesman, told media according to Local 10.
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Police are still searching for the other friend.
Earlier in the week police had questioned the man who owned the truck that was seen with a body falling out. That man claimed it was actually his girlfriend, who was alive, who fell out, and he was free to go.