Felix Verdejo is a person of interest in an investigation of a missing woman in Puerto Rico.
The 27-year-old lightweight from San Juan has been summoned to meet with authorities who are presently detailed to search for Keishla Marlen Rodriguez Ortiz, also 27 and who has been missing since Thursday morning. Verdejo and Rodriguez were alleged to have been romantically involved at one point, according to a report from Puerto Rican news publication El Vocero.
Verdejo was contacted by El Cuerpo de Investigaciones Criminale (CIC) agents on Thursday evening. Verdejo reportedly shut down the interview, not wishing to comment without his attorney present.
Sources have informed BoxingScene.com that Verdejo and his attorney honored an agreement to meet with CIC officials on Friday as this goes to publish.
Rodriguez was declared missing after it was learned that she was absent from her job Thursday morning. The case was first reported after Bereliz Nichole, Rodriguez’s sister posted a video on her personal Facebook page to reveal that her sister was missing and asked for her fellow islanders for help in finding her.
Authorities in Puerto Rico have since issued a Pink Alert—a new bill passed last October to speed up the process in locating missing women due to the disturbingly growing trend of gender violence on the island. The alert is utilized for women 18 years of age and older whose disappearances are linked to domestic violence, hate crimes or crimes of a sexual nature.
According to the investigation, the last known location for Rodriguez was at Verdejo’s home where she allegedly arrived with a pregnancy test in tow and to inform the boxer that he was the father.
Verdejo was one of several people interviewed by police officials assigned to the case, as the investigation remains ongoing.
Verdejo (27-2, 17KOs) has been out of the ring since a 9th round knockout loss to Masayoshi Nakatani last December at MGM Grand Conference Center in Las Vegas. The ESPN-televised bout saw Verdejo—a member of the 2012 Puerto Rico Olympic boxing team that competed in London—well ahead on all three scorecards, having scored two earlier knockdowns before suffering two knockdowns of his own in the fateful ninth round of their instant classic.
The defeat snapped a four-fight win streak for Verdejo, along with ruining plans for a targeted shot at reigning unified lightweight titlist Teofimo Lopez.
Anyone with viable information regarding the whereabouts of the missing Rodriguez are urged to contact P.R. officials at (787) 343-2020 or (787) 793-1234. She was last seen driving a 2016 Kia Forte upon leaving her home at Residencial Villa Esperanza in the Caimito section of San Juan.
Jake Donovan is a senior writer for BoxingScene.com. Twitter: @JakeNDaBox