Tanya Gonzalez Case: Medical Examiners Confirm Body Was Missing Woman
Family members say a body found yesterday has been ID'd as Tanya Gonzalez, left. Her ex-boyfriend Roy Blanco killed himself yesterday as police closed in.
One day after police found a badly decayed body in the trunk of a missing Miami woman's car, her family says that the medical examiner has confirmed their worst fears: Dental records from the corpse matched 28-year-old Tanya Gonzalez.
The news comes a day after a wild chase in the Florida Keys that ended with her allegedly abusive boyfriend stabbing himself to death with a steak knife as police closed in.
Gonzalez's father, Ramon Gonzalez, tells CBS 4 this morning that examiners have confirmed to the family that his daughter is dead.
The news closes a tragic saga for the Gonzalez family that started last week when Tonya, who worked as a waitress at Mojitos Bar in Bayside, disappeared after shopping at Midtown Miami with her aunt.
Suspicions quickly turned to her ex-boyfriend, Roy Ruiz Blanco, whom co-workers say was abusive to Gonzalez and had lately threatened to kill himself. Gonzalez had recently left him and moved to Aventura.
Police finally found Gonzalez's car on a residential street in Tamiami yesterday, and soon discovered a body in the trunk, which has now been ID'd as the missing woman.
Blanco, meanwhile, had fled to the Keys on a boat with his mother and a Siberian husky. Local police cornered him in the woods yesterday, where he stabbed himself in the stomach and later died; his mother also ate a large number of pills and is reportedly still comatose at an area hospital.
Gonzalez's family tells CBS4 they have planned a funeral for the woman for 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Vior Funeral Home, with a wake the previous day from 6 p.m. to 1 a.m. at the same locale.
Mojitos Bar, where she worked, will also hold a fundraiser for her family at 8 p.m. tonight.
Correction: Previous version of this article referred to Tanya Gonzalez as Tonya.
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