Suicide and Homicide by Drowning

Mar 26, 2015 - 0 Comments

A Florida man chose drowning to commit suicide and homicide just two days before Christmas, investigators have finally concluded. 

On December 23, 2014, Ulysses Montero, 25, deliberately drove his family into a retention pond, drowning himself, his girlfriend Julie Lopez-Elias, and their two young children Julissa and Delias.

Forensic analysis of the submerged automobile revealed evidence of a frantic struggle between the couple as Lopez-Elias attempted to save her newborn and 5-year-old, once she realized what Montero’s deadly plan was.

Her valiant efforts were too late, however, and the family perished almost instantly.

The 3-month-long investigation into the disturbing single-vehicle accident revealed further proof it was intentional -- in death Montero’s foot was still pressing down hard on the accelerator pedal – and autopsy and toxicology tests showed he was neither impaired nor suffered a medical episode.

Sadly, Ulysses Montero’s cowardly crime was probably predictable, since he had a well established history of violence and a string of related arrests.

In fact, the 25-year-old had even rammed his mate’s car 10 months before committing suicide and homicide by drowning.

Only the drowned couple’s eldest child was spared a similarly tragic end because he wasn’t in the car when his father plunged it into the water.

The unnamed 7-year-old boy is now in the care and custody of his maternal grandmother, police said.


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