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Cops: Body found in river is likely missing Neb. boy

Josue Ramirez-Marinero

CBS affiliate KMTV

OMAHA, Neb. - Authorities believe a body recovered from a river near Omaha Monday is a 5-year-old boy whose adult brother was charged in their mother's stabbing death and whose younger brother was found alive in a dumpster.

Divers in the Elkhorn River west of Omaha brought the body to shore, Omaha Police Capt. Kerry Neumann said at a news conference Monday. Neumann said investigators believe the body is Josue Ramirez-Marinero, but a forensic examination will be conducted for confirmation. The boy's family has been notified.

Josue's brother, Robert Martinez-Marinero, surrendered to police Thursday and allegedly said he'd stabbed his mother, 45-year-old Jesus Ismenia Marinero, after they argued about money. The 25-year-old man also allegedly said he'd thrown Josue in the river at the bridge and put 11-month-old Angel Ramirez-Marinero in the dumpster.

Angel was found bruised but alive last Wednesday in the dumpster in La Vista. His mother's body was found Wednesday night in a southeast Omaha ditch. CBS affiliate KMTV reports she died from multiple stab wounds and blunt force trauma to the head from a baseball bat.

Authorities have been searching for Josue in the Elkhorn River since last week.

Neumann would not comment about the condition of the body.

Gabriela Guevara, 24, whom investigators describe as Martinez-Marinero's girlfriend, has been arrested on charges of being an accessory to homicide.

Online court records don't list the names of attorneys who could be contacted to comment about the allegations against Guevara or Martinez-Marinero.

KMTV reports Martinez-Marinero faces charges of first-degree murder and kidnapping. Douglas County Attorney Don Kleine says could choose to pursue the death penalty against him.