December 13, 2017
Thursday, September 1, 2011

Candela's father says murder 'may have been triggered by rumours that I was a police informant'

The father of 11-year old Candela Rodríguez, who was found murdered on Wednesday after being missing for nine days, asked police officials to be able to expand his written statement and to be returned to his prison cell out of “concerns for his own security.”

In his statement, Alfredo Rodríguez insisted that he has no enemies nor “unfinished business,” but suggested that his daughter’s murder could be the result of an attempt to “get even” by someone who could have thought he was an informant for the police. 

“If this was payback directed at me, which I don’t think is the case, then it may have been because people at my neighbourhood kept saying I was a snitch working for the Federal Police,” he said.

Rodríguez was a prisoner at the Magdalena Prison, and after news broke of his daughter’s murder he was moved to the prison in Ituzaingó, since he is still expected to serve time after he was found guilty of taking part in a gang conducting motorway holdups. 

Rodríguez requested the police to transport him back to the Magdalena prison out of “security concerns,” although he also requested to be benefited with house arrest.

On the same day the body of his daughter was found lying on the side of a road, Rodríguez had stated that there was no one trying to exact revenge on him. 

He did recognize, however, the voice of a man who had made some threatening calls two days earlier.

All investigations are focused on Candela’s family, as suspicions toward a possible revenge on the father grow. 

Police officials are investigating one of the girl’s aunts, who received a threatening phone call three days ago in which a man said he wanted “his money back” in exchange for the girl.

“If we consider that call to be true and that they were effectively asking for something real, but the family still says they don’t know what it’s about, then there’s no doubt that someone is hiding something,” Morón District Attorney Federico Nieva Woodgate said. 

Nieva Woodgate didn’t rule out that the case can be labeled as “kidnapping, extortion and murder.”

“We’re investigating why we were not told that there may have been threats directed at the father,” he concluded.

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