Feliciano Valencia-Santiago Accused of Murdering Maria Esther Orozco, Woman Found in Garbage Bag
Sunnyvale police arrested Feliciano Valencia-Santiago, 47, a Santa Clara resident on suspicion of murdering Orozco. Detectives arrested him at about 7:50 p.m. on Friday as he was riding his bike in the area near El Camino Real and Halford in Santa Clara, according to Captain David Verbrugge.
Valencia-Santiago was arrested and booked in the Santa Clara County Jail.
Verbrugge told SF Weekly that a motive had not been determined, but that Valencia-Santiago definitely knew his victim. "How well, they knew each other, we're not sure," Verbrugge said.
The victim's body was found in the garbage bag last week between two bushes near a home on Ticonderoga Drive. The man living at the home called police to report what looked like a body lying in a partially closed garbage bag. When police arrived, they found blood on the bag.
When they looked inside, they saw the body of Orozco, 46, a resident of San Jose. She died of head trauma, according to the Santa Clara County Coroner's Office.
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