Shocking similarities emerge in the cases of missing Noel Rodriguez-Alvarez and Nathan Millard after a disturbing new lead was uncovered
The POLICE have seized a rug that could be important evidence in the tragic case of a missing six-year-old.
Noel Rodriguez-Alvarez has not been seen since October, when he disappeared from his hometown of Everman, Texas, about 10 miles south of Fort Worth.
Last week, investigators announced they no longer expect to find the boy alive.
They searched the property where Noel lived and the surrounding area for his body.
Last month, Noel’s mother Cindy Rodriguez-Singh, 37, boarded an international flight with her husband Arshdeep Singh and the boy’s six siblings shortly after police began investigating.
But the night before they boarded that flight, investigators said the stepfather dumped a rug in a nearby dumpster.
“Investigators were able to recover this item,” police said in a press release on Tuesday.
“Yesterday, with the support of TEXSAR, several human remains detection dogs were made aware of this carpet…
“Investigators learned that this rug was previously used as the base and flooring (directly on the ground) for a ‘temporary’ shed that was previously built where the current backyard patio is.”
Police were busy Monday digging up this concrete patio, which they deemed “suspicious” because the family paid for it to be built on top of a rental property after Noel’s disappearance.
The canines drew attention to part of the top soil in the yard, but not the soil that was directly below the patio.
This led investigators to believe human remains were present in the shed at some point before the terrace was installed.
“While this search yielded minimal physical evidence, it certainly provided investigators with additional leads,” the press release said.
But Charles Parson, 71, the owner of the property, told local Fox affiliate KDFW he didn’t think the police were on the right track.
“The record was cast after Noel allegedly disappeared,” he said.
“Why would he be under the plate?” asked the landlord. “I think they just tore it up because they have no idea where the boy is and they’re frustrated.”
Parson said Rodriguez-Singh paid for the patio because she wanted to add a room at the back of the house for her daughter.
“I know the police are desperate for the boy, but they’re looking in the wrong place,” he said.
Police crews rested Tuesday after a 20-hour workday on Monday, but investigations continue.
They have also pledged to replace the terrace that was destroyed.
Investigators believe Noel’s mother and stepfather are currently in India. They are working to have the couple extradited to the United States.
The possible use of a rug in Noel’s disappearance is similar to the case of Nathan Millard, a father of five whose body was recently found wrapped in a rug in an empty Louisiana parking lot.
Police have arrested several people in connection with the case, including an alleged prostitute.