For those of you who may have missed this horrible story from August, Victoria Martens was killed on her 10th birthday and her dismembered remains were found wrapped in a smoldering blanket inside her family’s apartment.
Investigators would learn that Victoria’s mother, 35-year-old Michelle Martens, would solicit men to have sex with her daughter for her own sexual gratification. These men would include co-workers and men she met online.
One of these men she met online, 32-year-old Fabian Gonzales, raped Victoria before he strangled her to death as Martens watched. Gonzales and his cousin, 32-year-old Jessica Kelley, would try to dispose of Victoria’s body by dismembering it in a bathtub before wrapping it in a blanket and setting it on fire.
Martens, Gonzales and Kelley were all arrested and are in jail on a myriad of charges. Their trials are scheduled for October. You can read more about the initial reports of Victoria’s murder by clicking here.
On Monday, Victoria’s autopsy report was finally made public. The delay stemmed from the brutal manner in which Victoria was murdered and dismembered.
Some key finding where that the girl had the sexually transmitted disease human papillomavirus, also known as HPV. It also revealed the girl had no meth in her system, despite her mother saying that is what she died from, but she did have enough alcohol in her body to “cause cognitive and physical impairment.”
The only detail that could be interpreted as good news in a horrific case like this, is the fact that her burning and dismemberment did come after her death.
“The sharp force injuries described … showed no vital response – a finding in keeping with being inflicted post-mortem,” the report states.
You can read the full autopsy report below:Tags: autopsy, Crime, Drugs, Fabian Gonzales, Jessica Kelley, meth, Michelle Martens, Murder, New Mexico, Sexual Assault, Victoria Martens