WICHITA, Kan. (KWCH) We now know that a man charged in the death of his girlfriend on Nov. 13 admitted to officers that he committed the crime.
According to the probable cause affidavit, Travis Becker, Jr. confessed to the murder of Perla Rodriguez after he was arrested by Olathe police on Nov. 14.
Becker told police that he traveled "3000 mph" to Olathe to where his sister lives. He said he planned to tell his sister that he had killed Perla and that he had his nephew's ashes. Becker told police Perla helped his sister kill her son because his nephew had a congenital heart defect and had undergone several surgeries.*** Becker said his nephew, who is deceased, watched him kill Perla and hit her in the head.
According to the court document, Andover police called Wichita police on around 9:31 p.m. on Nov. 13 and asked them to check on the welfare of Perla Rodriguez who lived in the 2200 block of N. Parkridge Court. Andover police said they found Rodriguez's purse in a parking lot at 215 E. 13th Street.
Wichita police went to Rodriguez' home to contact her but there was no answer.
At 1:45 a.m., Olathe police contacted Wichita police and asked them to contact Rodriguez and ask her if she knew where her vehicle was located. Police again tried to make contact with Rodriguez but were unsuccessful.
Officers located Rodriguez's phone number in Wichita Police Department's database. When they called it, an officer with the Olathe Police Department answered.
The officer stated he had contact with Travis Becker Jr. who had fresh scratches on his face and a cut to his hand.
Olathe police said Becker was driving a 1998 Honda Accord which registered back to Rodriguez. Police said they also located Rodriguez's cell phone, wallet, credit cards and identification. They said the wallet had blood on it.
Wichita officers then went back to Rodriguez's home and force their way inside. They entered the master bedroom and found blood on the bed and a woman's body laying on the floor of the master bathroom by the bathtub. The woman had "multiple traumatic injuries to her head and throat." EMS was called and the woman, later identified as Perla Rodriguez, was pronounced dead at 3:57 a.m.
Officers found a shovel in the bedroom and it appeared to be covered in blood and hair. A vehicle that was registered to Travis Becker was also located at the home.
Olathe police initially arrested Becker for possession of marijuana at his sister's home. She called 911 saying he had come there and was acting strangely. At that time, Becker told police he last saw Rodriguez on Nov. 10 in Wichita and that she had gone to Mexico to help her parents. He then changed his story and told police he last saw her on Nov. 13. He told police they had gone to see his doctor at Prairie View and that the appointment didn't go well. He said he thought people in the next room were laughing at him.
Police contacted Rodriguez's daughter who stated her mother had identifiable tattoos.
According to the affidavit, Rodriguez had multiple bruises on her arms and hands, a large laceration to her neck, and a large injury to her head and face from "multiple impacts with an instrument consistent with the blade of the shovel" that was located near her body.
An autopsy was conducted and Rodriguez's cause of death was ruled to be blunt force trauma to the head and "the manner of death to be homicide."
On Nov. 17, Travis Becker was charged with first-degree murder in the death of Perla Rodriguez. He's currently being held in the Sedgwick County jail on a $250,000 bond.
***The sister of Travis Becker issued a statement Wednesday evening.
Teri Becker says her son died on Feb. 10, 2014, from complications of a congenital heart defect. She says the hospital conducted a full autopsy. She also says her son's ashes have always been her possession and never with her brother.
"I had no contact with my brother that night or for over a year previous to this incident. The police were called by us about a suspicious character before we even knew it was my brother," she says. "I do not condone his behavior, nor would I had aided him. I never knew Perla. My deepest sympathies go out to her daughter, family and friends."