A teenage girl chewed through bonds to escape from a rural Alabama home where investigators later found two decomposing bodies, authorities said.
Jose Paulino Pascual-Reyes, 37, faces kidnapping charges and multiple murder charges in connection with the bodies found at the home, after a 12-year-old girl was discovered by the side of the road in Dadeville early Monday.
Tallapoosa County Sheriff Jimmy Abbett told reporters at a news conference that a driver picked up the girl and called 911 — starting an investigation that led to the arrest of Pascual-Reyes and the gruesome discovery, AL.com reported.
Pascual-Reyes, who remains detained pending a bail hearing, was arrested in Auburn. The bodies were found at his home in Dadeville, not far from where the girl wandered alone.
The decomposing remains were sent to the Alabama Department of Forensic Sciences for identification, Abbett said, adding it was unclear how long they had been there.
“It’s a fluid investigation,” the sheriff told reporters. “Things are changing and I don’t want to jeopardize the identification of our youngster.”
Court records obtained by the WSFA show the girl was tied to a bedpost for almost a week. She was assaulted and treated with alcohol but managed to escape by chewing through her ties, the documents show.
Authorities did not say if the girl knew Pascual-Reyes, AL.com reported.
“I would say she’s a heroine,” Abbett said. “It’s one of those things that we won’t get into until later. We gave her medical care. She is safe now. We want it to stay that way.”
Pascual-Reyes has lived in the house since February, Abbett said. Other people were there when police arrived, but he didn’t elaborate, AL.com reported.
“To have a crime scene of this nature is appalling,” the sheriff told reporters Tuesday.
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