Body of Aspiring Mexican Actress Found Decomposing in a Drinking Water Tank
Carmen Yarira Esparza Noriega
By Tara Fowler
@waterfowlerta 01/14/2015 AT 05:30 PM EST
Residents who complained about a bad taste in their drinking water got a nasty surprise when the body of an aspiring Mexican actress was found decomposing in the apartment building's water tank.
Carmen Yarira Esparza Noriega, 27, also a resident of the Mexico City high rise, had been missing since last February, Fox News Latino reports.
Health officials found her severely decomposing body in the tank on Dec. 23. Relatives were able to identify by her hip and breast implants, as well as her nose surgery, according to Mexican newspaper Milenio.
Friends and family initially feared that Esparza Noriega, known as "Yaris" to those closest to her, had been abducted.
"When she failed to turn up at the clinic where she worked, we all thought that she might have been kidnapped and sold off into the sex trafficking industry," her friend Javier Paz told the Daily Mail.
"But it seems that her body was back in her apartment block the whole time."
Police are looking into an ex-boyfriend who paid for her lavish apartment, according to multiple reports. Esparza Noriega had reportedly broken things off with him in favor of a lawyer and was planning to move out at the time of her disappearance.