A man is in custody and accused of murder and multiple other crimes in connection to an Oregon woman who vanished last spring.
Salem police believe Gustavo Ochoa-Valadez, 35, may have kidnapped Tonna Davis, 42, with the intent to hurt her and a “participant in the crime” killed her on March 29, reported the Salem Reporter, citing court documents.
Investigators also alleged Ochoa-Valadez either used or threatened to use a gun against the victim and two others during the crime, according to the newspaper.
Ochoa-Valadez, now faces two counts of second-degree murder, second-degree conspiracy to commit murder, first- and second-degree kidnapping, first- and second-degree conspiracy to commit kidnapping, and three counts of unlawful use of a weapon with a firearm.
Davis was last seen alive on March 27 at the Days Inn by Wyndham Black Bear in Salem, and she was reported missing April 7.
Mickey Davis said he grew concerned about his cousin after she failed to respond to messages he sent on April 8. “It drew me as pretty odd,” he told the Statesman Journal. “I've kept in touch with her consistently ... I message her all the time. That's what drew a red flag was on her birthday, she didn't respond back.”
Davis said the last time he spoke with her was weeks before her birthday. “I got to tell her I loved her and she told me she loved me —and that was the last message that we went back and forth with,” he said.
Ochoa-Valadez was being heldin the Marion County Jail, and he is scheduled for a hearing in the case on Sept. 16.