The two bodies that were found in the same home where a 12-year-old girl was held captive have been identified.
Sandra Vazquez Ceja-29 and a 14-year-old boy identified by his initials were "cut into small pieces at the joints to hide evidence."
Ceja was smothered with a pillow, while the boy was hit and kicked to death.
According to the sheriff, they finished processing the crime scene on Wednesday night and are awaiting forensic results. The 12-year-old is in state custody, "being protected" and "doing real well."
Suspect, Jose Paulino Pascual-Reyes, had his first court appearance Wednesday. He had been denied bond and given a court-appointed attorney.
A 12-year-old Alabama girl is being hailed a "hero" after escaping her capture, prompting an investigation that led to one arrest and the horrifying discovery of two decomposed bodies.
A motorist called authorities after coming across the girl walking down a Dadeville road. The girl had been tied to bed posts and kept in a drugged state with alcohol, before chewing through her restraints -- and escaping. She had been hit in the "head area," according to the criminal complaint.
Jose Paulino Pascual-Reyes, 37, was arrested Monday and two decomposing bodies were found “sandwiched in the flood in bags,” inside the mobile home where he lived. Other people were also living in the residence when the police arrived.
Pascual-Reyes was arrested on suspicion of first-degree kidnapping and also faces three counts of capital murder and two counts of abuse of corpses. "I feel certain that several more charges will follow," added Tallapoosa County District Attorney Jeremy Duerr.
"She is a hero," Tallapoosa County Sheriff Jimmy Abbett said of the victim. "We gave her medical attention. She is safe now and so we want to keep her that way. That's all I can actually say. She's doing well."
"It's horrendous to have a crime scene of this nature and also a 12-year-old juvenile to deal with it, it's a horrendous situation," he added.
Per Abbett, the girl was "not considered a missing person" and wouldn't reveal whether authorities had located her family members. He also didn't provide any details on whether she had any relationship with Pascual-Reyes or the deceased. "We are not at the stage to release the relationship. We do not want to infringe on what is going on behind the scenes," he said.
Investigators believe the girl was kidnapped around July 24.