A 12-year-old victim of kidnapping chewed through restraints to escape her mom's partner. The girl from Alaba then led the police to the crime scene.
The unnamed victim has been dubbed a "hero," as she led the authorities to Jose Paulino Pascual-Reyes, 37, and the discovery of two bodies.
Prosecutors say that the girl was held captive, drugged with alcohol, and sexually abused. During the week she spent as his captive, Jose allegedly killed her mother and brother.
A motorist spotted a girl on the road, in Tallapoosa County, Alabama, at around 8 a.m. on Monday, Sheriff Jimmy Abbett confirmed during the press conference the following day.
Pascual-Reyes faces the first degree kidpaing.
Tallapoosa Sheriff said:
"During the initial investigation from the information that we received and collected, we were able to arrest a Jose Paulino Pascual-Reyes of this same address of County Road 34 for kidnapping in the first degree."
"And he was arrested in Auburn and Somerville circle by the Marshall Service and the Auburn Police Department."
"During this overnight investigation processing the residence, we have located two decomposed bodies that were found and are currently at the department forensic sciences pending identification."
Abbet added that the girl was not considered a missing person and called her a hero:
"I would say she's a hero, and it's one of those things that we want to get into until later."
"We gave her medical attention, and she has been she's safe now, and so we want to keep her that."
He did not want to comment on the relationship between the victim and Pascual-Reyes.
District Attorney Jeremy Duerr said, "we're looking at multiple counts of capital murder, along with kidnapping in the first degree."
He added, "I feel certain that several more charges will follow."
Mutilated bodies of her mother, 29-year-old Sandra Vazquez Ceia, and a person believed to be the girl's brother were found in the house of horrors.
Abbett told Insider that "Pascual Reyes was charged on Tuesday with first-degree kidnapping, two counts of abuse of a corpse, and three counts of capital murder."
This is an ongoing investigation, and the details emerge as we speak.