A US Army soldier has been arrested for allegedly killing his estranged wife in Hawaii — weeks after her body was found in the barracks.
Army Spc. Raul Hernandez Perez, 25, from Naples, Fla., was charged Thursday with the murder of his 25-year-old wife, Selena Roth, the Hawaii Star Advertiser reported.
Roth, who was an Army veteran, was found dead Jan. 13 at the Schofield Barracks.
Her family had requested a welfare check that led authorities to find her body in a trash can, Hawaii News Now reported.
“Our brigade and the Army community are heartbroken by Selena’s death,” said Col. Theodore Travis in a statement. “We have extended our condolences to Selena’s family, friends and loved ones.”
No further details have been released about the circumstances surrounding her death, but court records suggest that the couple’s relationship had been deteriorating.
Roth and Hernandez Perez had filed for divorce in October.
The following month, Hernandez Perez sought an order of protection against his wife, claiming that she “threw” electronics and let the air out of his car tires, the Star Advertiser reported.
Roth’s sister, Aubrey Rangel, wrote on a GoFundMe page that she is survived by a “beautiful young daughter who will never get the chance to know her mother.”
“She is leaving behind a father and a mother who adored her. No parent should have to bury their child,” the page said. “Selena is leaving behind many siblings [and] we are all grieving for the loss of our baby sister.”
With Post wires