The man accused of hiding the body of a young Milwaukee woman in Illinois last month told investigators he had a sex-for-money relationship with her, according to a criminal complaint filed Monday in Rock County Court.
The complaint also says cocaine use figured in her death.
Marco A. Rodriguez, 50, of 1591 E. Huebbe Parkway, Beloit, is charged with hiding a corpse, which carries a maximum prison sentence of 12 years and six months.
Rock County Sheriff’s Office investigators have said they suspect Rodriguez in the death of Nakiela A. Thompson, 27, of Milwaukee, but he has not been charged with homicide.
Two forensic pathologists in Winnebago County, Illinois, attributed the death to asphyxia of uncertain cause but said cocaine intoxication was a contributing factor, according to the complaint.
An acquaintance of Thompson’s told investigators he received a text message from her around the time of her death, saying she was with “Marco from the tire shop” in case something happened to her, according to the complaint.
Rodriguez told investigators that Thompson texted him around 9 p.m. Oct. 31, asking him to pick her up at a park in Beloit, according to the complaint.
He believed the text meant that they were going to have sex; he said he had been paying her for sex over the previous two months, according to the complaint.
Rodriguez said he took her to R&D Tire Shop in the town of Beloit, which is owned by his brother and where he lives and works, and they had sex, according to the complaint.
During the act, she began “acting strange,” gasped for breath, and foam came out of her mouth, and she stopped breathing, he said, according to the complaint.
Rodriguez said he panicked, dressed her, wrapped her in a tarp or sheet of plastic, put her in his pickup truck and drove her to a truck stop in South Beloit, Illinois, according to the complaint.
His detailed knowledge of the place he left the body indicated he knew the place, according to the complaint.
The Winnebago County Sheriff’s Office investigated the death for more than a month after Thompson’s body was found at the Road Ranger truck stop.
Last week, investigators interviewed Rodriguez, who admitted she died at his residence and that he had moved the body to the truck stop, according to a previous news release from the Rock County Sheriff’s Office.
Rodriguez’s initial court hearing Monday was postponed because an interpreter was not available.