Suspect Arrested After Body Found Near Culver


Authorities believe a body found yesterday near Culver is that of a South Bend woman who disappeared last month. Alberto Cruz, 24,  was booked into the St. Joseph County Jail last night on a preliminary murder charge in connection with the disappearance of 22-year-old Alma Del Real, according to our reporting partners at WNDU-TV.

She was last seen April 12th around 3:30 a.m. when a friend dropped her off at home after leaving Studio Rumba 305 in South Bend. Investigators said they received enough information from the suspect to lead them to “a remote location in Marshall Co.” where the body was found. The Pilot News reports a death investigation took place near the intersection of Queen and 18th Roads yesterday. Authorities tell the TV station they are awaiting a positive identification and autopsy but are confident the body is that of Del Real. A forensic autopsy is scheduled today in Kalamazoo.