In July 2019, Alyssa Marie Mejia Rogers, a 24-year-old Filipina, was found dead inside a freezer at her home in Arlington, Texas. She was married to Edward Rogers Jr., a 66-year-old man. Together, they had a one-year-old son named Zachary.
According to reports, both met and got married in 2017. However, Alyssa did not know about Edward's long history of violent tendencies. In 2004, Edward pleaded guilty to manslaughter over a work dispute at a pool party.
In the duration of their relationship, Alyssa confided with her friends and family in the Philippines about Edward's abusive treatment and grave threats. She later filed for divorce and took their son to the province of Pangasinan, her hometown. She also got a protection order granted by a Texas court.
Despite her friends begging her to stay home, Alyssa came back to the United States, assumingly to finalize her divorce. However, days after her arrival, she got killed.
Before Alyssa's body was found, an unnamed person claiming to be a friend of Edward reported to the police about the killing. According to the report, Edward told his friend that he and Alyssa had sex and took a video of it before having a big fight.
It was not stated if Edward raped Alyssa.
After the sex, Edwards told his friend that Alyssa threatened him to use the sex video as evidence that he violated the protection order from the court. It led to a huge argument, which ended badly for Alyssa.
Based on Edward's unnamed friend's testimony, Edward pushed Alyssa, and she fell and hit her head. Edward then stashed Alyssa's lifeless body inside a freezer in his garage and even took photos of it as he sent it to his friend, following eight days after the saddening incident.
At first, the anonymous complainant didn't believe Edward, then Edward proved it to him by sending a video of him squeezing Alyssa's buttocks with no movement coming from her. This became the basis for the unknown friend to report it to the authorities.
The police quickly went to Alyssa and Edward's residence, and it confirmed Edward's unnamed friend's report that Alyssa's corpse is inside a freezer. Investigators also found Edward's lifeless body in their bedroom with a gun-shot wound, which authorities believe was self-inflicted.
Alyssa's friends and family were deeply devastated upon hearing the gruesome killing that happened to their loved one. They also put up a GoFundMe account to help bring Alyssa's body home in the Philippines.
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