Pregnant girl, 16, is found in a SUITCASE on the roadside in DomRep
( - Remains of a pregnant 16-year-old girl were found Friday buried in a suitcase on the side of a road in the Dominican Republic.



Emely Peguero, a citizen of the country, was five months pregnant with her American boyfriend Marlon Martinez's child before a local Attorney General's Office determined Peguero died after suffering trauma to her uterus and a blunt trauma to the head.

Peguero was last seen the morning of August 23 before she left home with him.


Martinez, 19, since confessed to dumping his girlfriend's body in a ditch after he claimed to police she had fatal complications from an abortion performed at a medical center in San Francisco de Macorís. Unlike several other Latin American countries, abortion is prohibited in the Dominican Republic, according to


Peguero's heartbroken mother, Adalgiza Polanco, previously spoke publicly on the nightmare event in hopes to reach the public and receive help in finding several missing pieces to the puzzle.


'I know that my daughter is not alive, but the least they can do is give me back the body to cry with,' Polanco said on national TV, before her daughter's body was discovered Friday. The strewed story has since created worldwide controversy.


Marlon, Marlyn and their lawyer, César José Hernández, received numerous death threats since the news broke.  Hernández revealed in an interview with People Chica that both he and his family 'have been threatened with physical assault and damage to goods and property.'


He told the magazine: 'I have been slandered by the media and social networks. But I understand that ignorance is free and bold.'


Criminal Justice Reform Advocate, Leyla Martinez, said public reactions following the tragedy have been heartbreaking all around.

'While I agree that this is a horrendous tragedy, and my heart breaks for Emely and her family, it also breaks for Marlon, Marlyn and their family. 

'It hurts to see how people are calling for them to be stoned or lynched,' she said.


The family's attorney told the magazine his clients plan to prove their innocence as closer investigation plays out in following weeks and months.


Below a picture of the suitcase with the dead mother to be.

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