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Alicia Martinez, missing 16-year-old girl, confirmed dead

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All along, family and friends suspected the body found in a home along the 4100 block of Decatur Street on Monday was the body of Alicia Martinez; a 16-year-old who disappeared Friday night.

Tuesday afternoon, the Denver Office of the Medical Examiner confirmed their suspicion.

Martinez was last seen before she went to a party on Friday night, according to Denver Police. They say her body was found in the same neighborhood where she was last seen alive.

9Wants to Know has learned the body was severely dismembered. An odontologist made positive identification using dental records

Martinez's death has been ruled a homicide, according to authorities. The medical examiner has not released the cause of death.

Officers arrested 26-year-old Edward Timothy Romero for investigation of first-degree murder. He's being held at the Denver County Jail.

Denver Police say they started investigating the disappearance Martinez on Sunday and that is when they identified Romero as a suspect.

"Mr. Romero was arrested without incident and as far as I know [he] is cooperating with the investigation," Det. John White with Denver Police said.

Martinez's family says Alicia did not know Romero. They say she went to a birthday party at his home with some friends before she disappeared.

"It doesn't make sense," Michael Martinez, Alicia's brother said. "It's not like her to go out with people she doesn't know."

Romero's picture is not being released pending further investigation.

"I hope he gets what he deserves," Martinez said.

9Wants to Know continues to investigate new information in this case. If you have a tip for the investigators, e-mail jace.larson@9news.com or call 303-871-1432.

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