New Details Released in Ashtabula Murders


Gilberto Torres (Photo Credit: Ashtabula Police Department)

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ASHTABULA, Ohio — Investigators have released new details in the murders of a mother and daughter who were found dead in an Ashtabula home on Monday.

A spokesperson for the Ashtabula County Coroner’s Office confirmed that Amparo “Patty” Torres, 40, had been fatally shot. Results from an autopsy later determined that her daughter, 20-year-old Hilda Delores Garcia Rodriguez, had died of “asphyxia by strangulation.”

The bodies of both women were discovered inside a Kain Avenue home early Monday morning.

Also found in the home was Gilberto Torres, whom police say was unresponsive at the scene. He was taken to a local hospital for treatment then released into police custody.

Hours later, Torres found himself in Ashtabula County Common Pleas Court, charged with two counts of murder.

He did not enter a plea Tuesday morning; a judge set bond at $250,000 for each count.

Torres is the husband of Amparo “Patty” Torres and stepfather of Hilda Delores Garcia Rodriguez.

Investigators believe that Torres killed his family members on Friday, then spent the entire weekend at the home before being arrested, a coroner’s spokesperson told Fox 8 News.

Torres is being held in the Ashtabula County Jail.

Stick with Fox 8 News and for updates as they become available.

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