Disturbing details on the death of Leticia Martinez-Cosman, who was alive 24 hours after last sighting on MLB game day
A mother’s date at a pro baseball game turned into a nightmare after her beau allegedly murdered her a day later.
Leticia Martinez-Cosman, 58, was last seen alive at a Seattle Mariners game on March 31.
Sometime the next day, she was strangled, the King County coroner told the US Sun.
Martinez-Cosman took a picture at the game with her date Brett Gitchel, 46, who was arrested on April 5.
He remains in custody, the King County Department of Adult & Juvenile Detention reported.
Martinez-Cosman’s body was found Tuesday in Renton, a suburb 12 miles southeast of Seattle.
Now that her body has been identified, prosecutors plan to charge Gitchel with second-degree murder next week, FOX13 reported.
Martinez-Cosman was scheduled to babysit for a client on the night of April 1 but canceled the job via text message.
Her brother Ricardo Martinez, who identified the body, reported her missing on April 2.
Gitchel is facing other charges after allegedly kidnapping and attempting to murder Martinez-Cosman’s adult son, who has autism, before setting her car on fire.
On April 2, Gitchel convinced 24-year-old Patrick Cosman to get in a car with him, saying the man’s mother was in an accident and he would take him to the hospital to see her.
After apparently driving for several hours, Cosman said Gitchel stopped the car and tried to cover his face and neck.
The two then fought. Cosman, who police described as “in good physical condition,” escaped after biting Gitchel’s hand.
Renton police soon found Cosman hiding in a bush. He was covered in blood, visibly upset and struggling to explain what had just happened.
Later that day, Seattle Fire Department crews responded to a vehicle ablaze by the side of the road.
The car, a Honda CRV, was later identified as Martinez-Cosman’s.
Investigators believe the fire was intentionally started from inside the vehicle.
After his arrest, Gitchel denied attending any events or concerts during the week of Martinez-Cosman’s disappearance.
The suspect has a history of abuse with an ex-girlfriend and his mother, who said Gitchel threatened to smash her head in.
The suspect is currently charged with first-degree attempted murder, first-degree kidnapping, second-degree unlawful possession of firearms, first-degree theft and second-degree arson.