Osceola County Sheriff Russ Gibson has confirmed that human remains found in St. Cloud are from missing woman, Nicole Montalvo.
Gibson said during a press conference on Sunday that the missing persons case is now a murder investigation. The remains were found behind a home on Hixon Avenue in St. Cloud on Thursday. Detectives with the Osceola County Sheriff’s Office were investigating the disappearance of Montalvo, who was last seen on Oct. 21 dropping off her son with his grandparents and father at an address on Hixon Avenue in St. Cloud. She was supposed to pick her son up from Harmony School on Oct. 22, but never arrived and her cell phone was turned off.
Montalvo's estranged husband, Christopher Otero-Rivera and his father, Angel Rivera, are considered persons of interest in the murder case, Sheriff's Office officials said. They were arrested on unrelated charges on Friday night. Otero-Rivera has had a history of domestic violence against Montalvo.