What Pedro Dominguez's Alleged Killer Said While Sealing Body in Barrel
Pedro Dominguez. Additional images and a video below.
Funeral services for Greeley's Pedro Adrian Dominguez, known to those close to him as Chapo, are still said to be unavailable on his online obituary even though his date of death is listed as December 4.
The reasons for the delay likely relate to the horrible manner of his death — from a single gunshot to the back of the head — and the distance from his hometown to the place where his body was located.
Dominguez's body was found inside a barrel in a remote spot in Nebraska.
Indeed, December 4 is actually the day his remains were discovered, not when he died.
Reports suggest he was killed sometime before November 24, when reports quote Zachary Mueller, the man arrested on suspicion of committing the crime, telling the person who helped him seal the barrel that he didn't “want to know what is in here.”
Remembrances of Mueller are still popping up on his Facebook page and those belonging to many of his relatives.
Here's a post from yesterday.
Ya know, I had such an odd feeling too, even if you had wanted to be MIA for a few, you'd always hit me up still! No matter what! I just had such a strong feeling, cause you wouldn't respond at all! I passed by where you stayed and just thought of you instantly. I felt the need to just go and say hi or see what was up, but i couldn't due to timing. I just knew like I felt something within my heart and knew something was up! That very moment when I heard what had happened, my heart dropped to the floor, and the air from my lungs seemed to not flow out the same! The feeling that crossed over me when I had to imagine that horrible fuckin description, was just absolutely just startling. The feeling that had crossed when I had to realize the truth, was just so breaking. The feeling doesn't go away. At all. I am mind boggled, confused, heartbroken, and just down right not ok. Chapo, cousin, family, clique, chop, . . . . . fucckkk. . . . so so unreal! It feels as if I didn't even get to say bye, like I wasn't ready like I had and have so much to tell you still!. Like WTF really happened!? For real tho!? Ummmmmm, ????
One love! Rest In Paradise!
Others grieving Dominguez's passing have been sharing this graphic.
According to court documents obtained by Nebraska's KOTA-TV, the barrel was found by a rancher on December 4. It was sitting near a bridge crossing Willow Creek on County Road 104 in Morrill County, Nebraska.
KNOP-TV adds that the rancher called authorities after he saw a boot that they believe belonged to Dominguez.
The next day, police reports say, a man with ties to Mueller's family contacted authorities.
He said he'd helped Mueller attach a sealing ring to a barrel back on November 24 at the suspect's home, located in the community of Bridgeport.
The contents of the barrel were unknown to him, and Mueller didn't reveal them to him, as noted in the quote shared above.
The man said the barrel had been in close proximity to a blue Volkswagen Beetle whose passenger seat had been removed.
The next day, December 6, a burned out Volkswagen Beetle matching the description of the vehicle mentioned by the man was eyeballed north of Bridgeport.
Dallas Schnell, the suspect's girlfriend, subsequently told police that on November 22, Mueller had met with a Hispanic man and a woman.
At the time, she'd noticed that the car had Colorado license plates.
Two days later, she went on, Mueller returned with the same ride.
By then, the license plates had been removed, as had the front passenger seat.
She agreed to rent him her own car for $150, the documents' narrative continues, and left the VW behind. But as news reports about the barrel came to the fore, she began to suspect that Mueller had been involved in killing Dominguez.
For that reason, she told investigators, she made the decision to burn the Beetle, with help from a friend.
That didn't prevent Mueller's arrest, though.
He was busted on December 6 in Cheyenne, after allegedly stealing another car and leading the cops in a chase.
Mueller has been in trouble with the law before, but the previous offenses were considerably more minor. He was convicted of theft in 2009 and possession of a controlled substance two years later.
Now, he's being held on suspicion of murder.
Look below to see Mueller's booking photo, followed by a KNOP-TV piece featuring an interview with the rancher who found the barrel.
In the meantime, we offer our sincere condolences to the friends, family and loved ones of Pedro "Chapo" Dominguez.
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