Miami-Dade Couple Accused Of Murdering Mother, Burning Body In Home

Authorities believe a daughter is behind her mother's disappearance from Miami-Dade County. 

Miami-Dade Police continue to investigate a homicide at a home near Southwest 224th Street and 127th Place. Police were initially called to the scene Tuesday afternoon because family members were concerned that they hadn’t seen or heard from 70-year-old Hilda Gonzalez.

At the scene, police found charred clothing and what appeared to be bones in the trash. Officials said the bones belonged to the 70-year-old who was killed and burned in the yard.

Neighbors said the victim lived at the house with her daughter, 29-year-old Sasha Gonzalez, and her daughter’s boyfriend, 30-year-old Yancel Castillo. 

Gonzalez (left), Castillo (right)

They are both accused of killing Hilda and are now in custody.

Police arrested Gonzalez and Castillo, charging Gonzalez with murder and Castillo with tampering with evidence and the abuse of a human body with a weapon.

Police said this all began with an argument over Castillo’s brother, 21-year-old Santy Castillo, who was a house guest. 

The police report stated Sunday, around midnight, “Santy Castillo then entered the victim’s bedroom and began to open a large black trash bag. The defendant then raised the victim’s head in order to facilitate Santy Castillo placing the trash bag over the victim’s head and suffocating her.”

Gonzalez allegedly paid Santy Castillo $50 to murder her mother.

According to the police report, the Castillo brothers tried to burn the body in the yard the following day.

Police said Castillo’s brother is currently being questioned at the police department. He has not been officially charged.

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