New Jersey man, 27, is charged with murder of ex-girlfriend after he ‘kidnapped their two-year-old son and then dumped her body in Tennessee woods’
- Tyler Rios, 27, was charged with the first-degree murder of his ex-girlfriend, Yasemin Uyar, 24, on Wednesday
- He was previously charged with kidnapping their two-year-old son Sebastian
- Prosecutors allege Rios killed Uyar on July 8 in New Jersey and later dumped her body in a duffle bag next to a campground in Tennessee
- Court documents allege Rios called two people and said he had a body in his car
- Police tracked him down in Monterrey, Tennessee, on July 10 and found Sebastian unharmed and Uyar’s body nearby
Tyler Rios, 27, is charged with the first-degree murder of his ex-girlfriend, Yasemin Uyar, after previously being charged with kidnapping their two-year-old son
A New Jersey man has been charged with the murder of his ex-girlfriend after he allegedly kidnapped their two-year-old son and dumped her body in a wooded area in Tennessee.
Tyler Rios, 27, was charged Wednesday afternoon with the first-degree murder of Yasemin Uyar, 24, Union County Prosecutor William Daniel and Rahway Police Director Jonathan Parham said.
They allege he killed Uyar on July 8 in New Jersey before dumping her body in a duffle bag next to a campground in Tennessee.
Rios was previously charged with kidnapping, after fleeing the state with the couple’s two-year-old son, Sebastian.
The mother and son were reported missing from their Rahway home on July 9, when Sebastian did not show up to his daycare and Uyar did not arrive for her scheduled work shift.
Sebastian was found unharmed with Rios in Monterrey, Tennessee, the next day, and Uyar’s body was found in a wooded area nearby a few hours later.
Rios is now being held in custody in Tennessee pending extradition to New Jersey.
Prosecutors allege Rios killed Uyar (pictured) and hid her body in a duffle bag next to a campground in Tennessee
Their son, Sebastian Rios, was found unharmed near the campground just hours before authorities discovered his mother’s body last week
According to court documents obtained by NJ.com, authorities were able to locate Rios after he made two phone calls to people, telling them that he had a dead body in his car.
He allegedly called a relative on July 9 and told them he had a dead body in the car, who the person assumed was Uyar, with whom he had a tumultuous relationship.
A female relative contacted the Highland Park Police Department in New Jersey on July 9 after Rios called her and said he had a dead body in his car. She presumed the body belonged to Uyar, with whom he had a tumultuous relationship.
Police also took a statement from another person who said Rios admitted to having Sebastian in his custody, and confessed to killing Uyar, whose body he left in his car for days, according to court filings.
After Rios had the 45-minute phone conversation with the person, who NJ.com says was not named in the court documents, police were able to track his location to a Bethel Inn and Suites in Monterey, Tennessee.
The local sheriff’s department responded to the motel and found Uyar’s vehicle in the parking lot, with the license plate discarded nearby.
When the officers took Rios into custody, the court documents allege, Uyar’s debit card was in the room.
He then allegedly led investigators to where he had disposed of Uyar’s body – 2,300 feet from the motel, next to a campground.
She was found half naked in a duffel bag, NJ.com reported.
An autopsy later revealed that the cause of death was strangulation and blunt force trauma.
Cops are pictured outside of a home in New Jersey after an Amber Alert was issued for the then-missing boy
Sebastian and his mother were last seen in their Rahway home on July 8
Police were able to track Rios to a Bethel Inn and Suites motel in Monterrey, Tennessee, where he was arrested on July 10
Uyar and Sebastian were last seen together on July 8, one day before a widespread Amber Alert was issued for the two-year-old.
Members of the Rahway Police Department conducted a welfare check for Uyar and her toddler son at her home on July 9, they reported, but found nobody inside.
A witness allegedly told police he saw Rios outside of Uyar’s Rahway apartment around midnight the night of her disappearance.
She was barefoot in a white tank top and jean shorts, and appeared to be angrily staring at the residence, the witness told police.
Uyar was reportedly in a new relationship at the time of her death, according to NJ.com.
It is unclear what transpired next, but police were able to locate Rios through one of the phone calls he made.
At 3am on July 10, officers burst into Rios’ motel room in Tennessee and arrested him.
Rios and Uyar had reportedly been in a relationship since her freshman year at Highland Park High School, where Rios was a senior. Uyar had been dating someone else at the time of her death, according to court documents obtained by NJ.com
Karen Uyar, Yasemin’s mother, has alleged that Rios was abusive to her daughter
Uyar and Rios started dating when she was a freshman at Highland Park High School in New Jersey and he was a senior, Uyar’s mother, Karen, said at a news conference earlier this week.
But their relationship soon turned toxic, Karen said, alleging Rios abused Uyar in recent years.
Previous court documents obtained by DailyMail.com show Rios was charged with aggravated assault and strangulation of a domestic violence victim in 2018, as well as theft.
Rios took a plea deal signed in February 2020 in which he was convicted of the domestic violence assault charge but the theft and strangulation charges were dismissed.
The document shows that the court had found ‘aggravating factors’ that Rios was at risk of committing ‘another offense.’
He was sentenced to serve 180 days in jail and three years on probation, and was ordered to attend anger management counseling.
The court also ordered him to have no contact with the victim, while noting that he already had restraining orders against him issued by Family Court.
The victim was not named in the court documents but the dates of the legal troubles align with a post Karen made to Facebook in 2019 in which she called Rios an ‘alcoholic, abusive monster.’
She detailed that alleged abuse in a 2019 Facebook post, expressing her fear for her daughter
Karen Uyar had posted screenshots showing that Rios had been charged with crimes in Arizona, and included screenshots of his mugshot
Karen Uyar detailed how Yasemin had ‘become involved’ with Rios several years before the post was made in 2019.
‘His drunken rages have caused him to choke my daughter till she passed out. Leaving her on the floor, he stole her car and fled,’ Karen Uyar wrote.
She wrote how Rios had ‘given her more black and blues than I can count’ and ‘continuously pounced on her self esteem with verbal and emotional abuse almost as much as the physical abuse.’
‘He would tell her she was crazy and f**ked up and when she would beg to go for help he would walk out for hours and not help/respond to her. Telling her to ‘toughen up’,’ Karen Uyar wrote.
The concerned grandmother wrote that her daughter suffered from post-partum depression that included insomnia after her son was born.
‘He would leave for hours and not answer her. Take the baby and tell her she wasn’t a good mother. Tell her how weak and useless she was. It was heartbreaking to see how he treated her. Yet I needed leaving him to be HER CHOICE,’ Uyar wrote.
Court records reviewed by DailyMail.com show Rios was charged with aggravated assault and strangulation of a domestic violence victim in 2018, as well as theft
Karen added that she has feared she would receive phone calls telling her that her daughter is in a hospital or dead.
The concerned grandmother said that, at the time, Rios’ criminal history extended across a number of states including: New York, New Jersey, Mississippi and Georgia.
Yasemin ‘finally got the strength to leave’ in August 2019 – the results of a ‘combined effort’ to get her and Sebastian into a hotel, where she spent two ‘terrifying days’ worried that Rios would find her, the grandmother alleged.
‘This enraged him. He stalked her. Through their phones, friends, social media. Any way he could find,’ Karen Uyar wrote.
At some point, Rios – now seemingly living in Phoenix, Arizona – allegedly convinced Yasemin to let him see their son.
Karen wrote that Rios was drinking and ‘degrading’ on ‘day one’ of her arriving in Arizona with the young boy.
Little Sebastian Rios is pictured in a photo
She said she received an alarming text from her daughter around 8 p.m. on October 22, 2019 telling her to ‘call 911’ and ‘give address.’
The grandmother, remembering that Rios had allegedly been arrested weeks prior for firing a gun in city limits, worried that her daughter and grandson were dead.
Rios finally let Yasemin leave the apartment more than two hours after the call, Karen Uyar alleged in the Facebook post.
But before doing so, he allegedly cut up all of Yasemin and Sebastian’s identification documents including the little boy’s birth certificate, Yasemin’s bank cards and social security cards, and her driver’s license.
‘I love you too much to let you leave’ Rios said at the time, the grandmother alleged.
She added: ‘I need people to see this alcoholic, abusive monster for who he is.’
Karen’s post included screenshots of the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office inmate search database, showing that Rios had been hit with charges including assault and unlawful imprisonment.
Yasemin’s sister Marissa told NJ.com that Rios recently broke into her sister’s home, and police officers were called.
Before Yasemin’s disappearance, she ‘was pretty busy packing and trying to get herself together’ in order to move and once again get away from Rios.
‘Man I just want him to let at least my nephew go. I mean I want my sister to come home, but, I mean, something’s got to give, you know?’ she told the outlet.
Two online fundraisers have now been set up to support the family, raising more than $ 30,000 in just four days.
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