A high school student in northern Indiana faces murder charges after police say he killed a pregnant teenager. Officers say the suspect was the father of the unborn child.
17-year-old Breana Rouhselang was reported missing by her family around Midnight on Saturday.
Police were called out on the case around 4:30 a.m. Sunday when they found evidence of a violent crime.
Police later found the teen’s body in a dumpster behind Rulli’s Restaurant near the intersection of Battell and Division Street.
“It was a location of opportunity to try to hide the victim I would assume.”
Police began investigating and found their suspect, a football player at Mishawaka High School – 16-year-old Aaron Trejo. He wore the number 26 jersey this past season.
“It was learned that these two individuals knew each other through the football team at Mishawaka High School.”
Breana’s family said she was a manager on the football team. She was also a past cheerleader at the school.
Police wouldn’t confirm, but her stepmom said Breana was six months pregnant.
No official cause of death has been determined yet, but investigators say she was shot, stabbed, or both.
“It was one of those things I didn’t think could happen around here.”
Residents in the area where the body was found were shocked to wake up to the yellow police tape, and event more so because investigators say Breana lived just down the street where her body was found.
Her alleged killer lives a few blocks away in a home in the 300 block of West Lawrence Street.
Police served a search warrant there and brought him in for questioning.
“At the end of this interview, the decision for a preliminary charge of murder was made and he was ultimately transferred to the St. Joseph County Jail.”
Meanwhile, this gruesome crime has shaken investigators.
“The thing is that most of us are fathers, and any senseless death is very upsetting. But when you’re talking about young people, it is more so.”
An autopsy says Breana was stabbed several times to the heart and was strangled.
Police say Trejo chose to take her life because she waited too long to get an abortion.
(This story was originally published on December 10, 2018)