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Metro police have arrested two suspects after a woman was found dead Saturday following a medical procedure.More>>
LAS VEGAS -- A woman died Saturday night after undergoing a medical procedure from two people who are now facing murder charges.
Police say the incident took place at a small office near east Charleston Boulevard and Palm Street. The victim, 42-year-old Elena Caro, arrived Saturday for a buttocks enhancement, but was pronounced dead at a hospital hours later.
Fifty-five-year-old Ruben Dario Matallana-Galvas and his wife, 47-year-old Carmen Olfidia Torres-Sanchez, were then arrested at McCarran International Airport as they attempted to board a flight to Colombia. The couple originally had plans on flying to Colombia on April 22 but decided to leave earlier.
Caro was a mother of three children. Her daughter says her mother visited the doctor last week for Botox injections and everything was fine. She went back for a buttocks enhancement.
Caro's daughter dropped her off Saturday morning but when she returned a few hours later, the office was locked, furniture was gone and her mom was missing. She filed a missing persons report with police.
Police believe the suspects may have dropped the victim off at the corner of Lake Mead Boulevard and Pecos Road, where she begged bystanders for help.
Paramedics were called, but by the time she arrived to the hospital, she was pronounced dead.
"This isn't an isolated incident. There have been several instances where these makeshift doctor's offices do procedures. There have been people who have been injured as a result of these, however this is the first fatality that has resulted in one of these unlicensed places," said Metro Homicide Lt. Lew Roberts.
The self-described doctor leased out the space from a tile shop owner. Police say that owner is also being questioned. People who live and work in the area say the office was always very busy.
"He had a lot of clients, not sure if it was because of the cost or referrals. But it was always busy here. Cars would come and go. People were always walking in and out of here," said a man who asked not to be identified.
Friends of Matallana-Galvas and his wife say the couple have been doing this for a while. They make frequent trips to from Colombia to Las Vegas.
Matallana-Galvas also admitted to police that he injected the victim with a gel substance six times. The suspect is not licensed as a doctor in Nevada. He told police he is a homeopathic doctor in Colombia.
Police are looking for more victims. The two are now in jail and are due in court on April 13th.
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