published : 2023-10-15

Honduran Man Charged with Murders in Nashville After Shocking Discoveries

Two Bodies Found - One Badly Burned, Another Decomposing in Trunk

A photo of Kevin Castro-Garcia, the Honduran man charged with murders in Nashville, taken with a Nikon D850 camera.

Kevin Castro-Garcia, a Honduran national who was previously deported twice from the U.S., has been charged with two separate murders in Nashville.

Authorities made these astounding revelations after uncovering a 'badly burned' body inside a torched car and a decomposing body in the trunk of another vehicle.

The first victim, 37-year-old Elmer Nahum Miranda-Martinez, was discovered on September 27. His lifeless body had been set on fire in a wooded area on Franklin Limestone Road.

Investigations indicate that Miranda-Martinez was shot and killed before being stuffed into the trunk. The motive behind this brutal act is still unknown.

But the shocking discoveries did not end there. On Friday, authorities announced that Castro-Garcia was also charged with a second murder and abuse of a corpse.

The decomposing body of 26-year-old Brandon Rivas-Noriega, a Nashville resident, was found in the trunk of a different vehicle on Rural Hill Road.

A photo of the charred remains of the torched car where the badly burned body was found, taken with a Canon EOS R camera.

Rivas-Noriega had been reported missing by his mother on October 5, after she received distressing text messages from him, pleading for help and money.

The investigation then led detectives to a residence in the Antioch neighborhood, a place frequently visited by the missing man.

During a search of the premises, investigators made startling discoveries including the owner's manual for a Ford Focus, Rivas-Noriega’s driver’s license, and paperwork for a property on Rural Hill Road.

Following these ominous clues, the detectives arrived at the Rural Hill Road property and stumbled upon a Ford Focus parked behind an abandoned trailer.

Hidden within the trunk were the decomposing remains of Brandon Rivas-Noriega.

Through a thorough autopsy, the identity of the victim was confirmed, and it was revealed that he died from multiple gunshot wounds.

A photo of the investigators searching the residence in the Antioch neighborhood during the police investigation, taken with a Sony A7 III camera.

To add to the macabre nature of the crime, several tattoos had been forcibly removed from his body.

The chilling suspect, Kevin Castro-Garcia, now awaits justice behind bars, with a staggering $1.01 million bond placed upon him.

This haunting case has once again shed light on the issue of deported criminals and underscores the importance of effective border control measures.

As the investigation continues, the motive behind these heinous acts remains shrouded in mystery, leaving the community in shock and anticipation for answers.