Body of missing woman discovered wrapped in plastic in basement, Oklahoma cops say
The body of a woman who had been missing for three years was recently discovered wrapped in plastic in the basement of a home, Oklahoma police say.
Police in Norman say Margarita Sandoval was 19 years old when she went missing in 2018. Officers were recently called to the home when someone living there overheard two people mention “a dead body in the basement,” according to KFOR.
The home is a few blocks away from the University of Oklahoma campus.
“It’s weird, especially for a place like Norman,” said Jackson McCormick, an Oklahoma student who passes by the home daily, KOKH reported. “You don’t expect to find something like that out especially right across the street from your house.”
The man who currently lives in the home moved into the residence in 2019, a year after Sandoval went missing, according to KFOR. He said he had allowed a friend, Octavio Sanchez, to store items in the basement. Sanchez, last seen by the home’s resident in May 2020, has been described as Sandoval’s brother, The Oklahoman reported.
Sandoval, who The Oklahoman reported had special needs, was last known to be living with Sanchez and his wife. She filed a report in February 2018 that the couple was abusing her, according to the newspaper. Sandoval did not press charges, KFOR reported.