|ABCnews - Authorities in the DR have identified the remains of an expatriate U.S. businessman missing since November 2014 and plan to file charges against two people suspected of involvement in his death.
Prosecutors in Puerto Plata say the remains of Brent Renault Lewis were identified through DNA nearly six months after they were found in woods in the province of Espaillat.
Lewis lived in the Dominican Republic and was owner of the Perla de Sosua hotel in the beach town of Sosua.
Prosecutor Osvaldo Bonilla said Wednesday that homicide charges will be filed against a Dominican who is a former hotel employee and against a U.S. citizen. They are suspected of killing the victim to take over ownership of the hotel.
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FBI, Dominican police find body could be of missing American
FBI agents accompanied by local authorities on Tuesday said they found on a farm in Moca (north) the dismembered body of a man presumably US businessman Brent Renault Lewis, who’d been missing since November 3, 2014 after selling his hotel La Perla in Sosua, Puerto Plata for US$500,000.
An elcaribe.com.do source close to the investigation confirmed that Mary Geraldine de la Rosa Bonilla, who managed the hotel for Lewis, had confessed to the murder together with fellow American expat Frank Sorichetti or Frankie Carleone. The two had been detained in connection with the case since January.
The source also said National Police and Justice Ministry officials are looking for the also foreigner Alex Branislav.
“Lewis was apparently mutilated and his body dumped in different places, because only one part was found," the source told El Caribe. “The businessman had been kidnapped in Sosua in early November and his whereabouts were unknown since.”
The body found last Friday in Moca was taken to Forensics in Santiago, where an autopsy aims to confirm its identity.