Further details are emerging in the kidnapping investigation that turned up two dead bodies in Tallapoosa County.

After investigating a kidnapping, Tallapoosa law enforcement uncovered two decomposed bodies in the residence of the accused kidnapper.

According to court documents, a 12-year-old girl was drugged and tied to a bedpost for over a week. At some point, the girl was able to chew her way through her restraints; she was later found by a motorist who called the police.  

The first body was identified as Sandra Vasquez Ceja and the second was only identified in court documents as AOGV.

It has been verified that the accused kidnapper and killer, Jose Paulino Pascual-Reyes, is an undocumented resident in the country illegally. More so, Pascual-Reyes had previously been deported from the country.

According to Tallapoosa County Sheriff Jimmy Abbett, Pascual-Reyes and Ceja lived together as boyfriend and girlfriend. The escaped girl and the unnamed body have not been officially identified, but authorities say they are Cejas’s children.

The mother and children had been paroled in the U.S since 2017, pending an asylum claim.

Both AOGV and Ceja were killed and dismembered, according to court documents. Ceja was “smothered by a pillow” and AOGV was “bludgeoned with hands or feet.”

The date of both murders is listed in court documents as July 24.

Court documents further state that Pascual-Reyes cut both corpses into small pieces at the joints in an effort to hide evidence.

This investigation began after authorities were alerted that a 12-year-old girl walking alone in the street was found by a motorist. Authorities believe the 12-year-old was kidnapped on July 24, the same day the two murder victims were believed to have been killed.

After investigating the kidnapping, U.S. Marshals and Auburn police arrested Pascual-Reyes in Auburn.

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