OSCEOLA COUNTY, Fla. – Osceola County deputies said they still believe Nicole Montalvo’s estranged husband and father-in-law are responsible for her October death, but the state hasn’t filed formal murder charges yet.
Sheriff Russ Gibson said Thursday that the lack of formal murder charges is disappointing.
“I believe it’s a strong case in and of itself,” he said.
Deputies said Christopher Otero Rivera killed Montalvo, his estranged wife, in October, then buried her remains all over the family’s property near St Cloud. Investigators said witnesses watched as Otero Rivera and his father, Angel Rivera, used an excavator, rented by Angel Rivera, in the back of their yard.