OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. -- Oklahoma City Police used criminal intelligence to track Victor Minjarez inside a Northwest OKC home and take him into custody.
Shortly after, the decomposing remains of 7-month-old baby Jody Minjarez were discovered in a tradh can outside the home.
This came just one week after officers said the father texted a friend, telling the mother she would never see her son again. Watching the Amber Alert search end on Venice Boulevard shocked neighbors.
"There's very little crime. There's very little break-ins. Every once in a while you hear of one but not very often," Rick Berry said.
Minjarez was homeless, and neighbors tell us he was likely hiding away in the vacant home.
"There have been a lot of houses that have been under construction in this area lately. I don't know if he was related to any of that and knew the house was empty... but it was a shock," Kitty Dvorack said.
Dvorack said her heart is with the family, who filed an emergency protective order for the return of Jody after he disappeared with the father two weeks ago.
"It just upsets me... a young mother with a young child... now she's probably just devastated," she said.
Oklahoma City officers said it was key to collaborate departments, following up with Norman after Minjarez was suspected in their jurisdiction. But investigators are still reeling over what they found.
"That's a very tough situation... not only for the family, it's toughest for them. But it's also tough for the investigators on these cases. The officers who found the child... they have kids of their own, small children. The homicide investigators have children. So it's a tough situation all around," Sgt. Gary Knight.
Minjarez did have legal custody of his son. However, as Norman Police investigated after the protective order, they filed a missing person status on Tuesday. By Wednesday, they met the criteria for an Amber Alert.