Katherine Sanchez, who vanished last month, was killed by Carlos Cardenas, authorities say.
Brother-in-law charged in Albion girl’s death
15-year-old Katherine Sanchez of Albion, whose body was buried in an apple orchard. Police have recovered the body of a missing 15-year-old Albion girl and charged her brother-in-law with killing her.
Carlos Cardenas, 21, was arraigned Friday night on charges of second-degree murder in the death of Katherine Sanchez, police in this Orleans County village said Saturday.
Katherine had been missing for more than a month.
Authorities provided few details Saturday about the case and were awaiting autopsy results from the Monroe County Medical Examiner’s Office before releasing more information.
But a relative of the victim said Cardenas raped and killed his sister-in-law, then buried her in a shallow grave.
“They found her [Friday] around 3 o’clock,” said Aster Martinez, who identified herself as Katherine’s aunt. “They pulled her out of an apple orchard.”
Martinez provided this account of what happened:
Katherine was last seen the night of Jan. 14, when she was baby-sitting at her sister Kimberly’s house.
Kimberly and Carlos Cardenas, who have been married for about a year, have two little boys.
When Kimberly Cardenas returned, her husband was home, but Katherine was gone.
Where was Katherine? she asked him. Cardenas said he didn’t know.
“Investigators were puzzled,” said Martinez, who was reached by phone Saturday. “They believed she had run away, because her coat was left, and her cell phone.”
As recently as Friday, Albion police were asking for the public’s help in locating the 4-foot, 10-inch girl, who was last seen wearing skinny blue jeans and a green shirt.
But Rosa Maldonado, Katherine’s mother, had been suspicious all along.
“Her mother always suspected there was something wrong. The pieces didn’t fit with what was going on,” Martinez said. “Katherine didn’t have a boyfriend. She was a good student, very friendly, never got in trouble in school. She was always well spoken, respectful.”
A short time after Katherine disappeared, her mother inspected the basement of the house and found blood.
Police initially dismissed any foul play, Martinez said, but later took samples. The blood, she said, came back as Katherine’s.
Cardenas, a Mexican national, had been picked up on a drunken-driving charge and found to be in the United States illegally. He has been in the immigration detention center in Batavia for about two weeks, Martinez said.
When investigators questioned him further, Cardenas purportedly confessed to killing Katherine and told them where he buried her body, Martinez said.
“He stated to them that he raped Katherine,” Martinez said. “Then Katherine told him she was going to tell Kimberly.
“That’s when he lost it,” Martinez said. “He grabbed her and choked her. She fell to the ground and hit her head on the table.”
Katherine apparently was still alive when, Martinez said, Cardenas dragged her into the basement.
Police are waiting for autopsy results to determine when and how she died.
Katherine, the third of six children, attended Albion High School. Her aunt described her as a friendly girl with a nice spirit.
Her mother and stepfather, Hilario, relied on her to help with chores around the house and watch her younger siblings.
“They are at rest that they found her, and they don’t have to worry,” Martinez said, “but Rosa and Hilario, they are devastated.”
Cardenas was arraigned Friday night and is due back in Albion Town Court at 1 p.m. Thursday, police said.
The arrest followed a joint investigation by state police, the Orleans County Major Felony Crime Task Force, Orleans County Sheriff’s Office, Immigration and Customs Enforcement and the Medina Police Department.
ANOTHER ILLEGAL ANIMAL:
The leftists LOVE rape and murder, bloodshed, abortion, riots- everything not civil- but their latest love is little girls getting raped by these illegal WETBACK SLIMES.
EXCERPT: The girl was having dinner with her family at the restaurant and went by herself to the restroom. Police say the girl was lured into the men’s restroom where she was assaulted and raped. She then returned to the table and told her parents what happened….
This is the RAPIST, Illegal-INVADER SLIME BUCKET: