From the files of theCold Case Squad
During the fall of 2012, skeletal remains were discovered on forest land adjacent to Niagara Heights Rd. east of Gates, OR. Investigators have determined that the remains were those of Maribel Gutierrez-Salinas.Information indicates that Maribel Gutierrez-Salinas disappeared in February 2011. Before her disappearance, she was residing in Tualatin, OR with her husband, Gustavo Villanueva. Maribel was employed at the Agave Grill in the Bridgeport Plaza, Tigard, OR. Following her disappearance, in April 2011, Gustavo Villanueva returned to Mexico.A Marion County Grand Jury indicted Gustavo Villanueva for the death of Maribel and he was arrested in Laredo, TX on August 26, 2013.UPDATE: Gustavo Villanueva was convicted of first degree manslaughter on February 11, 2015 in Marion County Circuit Court. He was sentenced to 180 months confinement. Family members of Maribel Gutierrez-Salinas traveled from Mexico to be present and testified during the sentencing. The District Attorney facilitated travel arrangements.