Aurora Man Found Guilty of His Wife's 1990 Murder

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Aurora Man Found Guilty of His Wife's 1990 Murder


Byline: Harry Hitzeman Legal Affairs Writer hhitzeman@dailyherald.com -CLMN-

An Aurora man accused of strangling his wife in summer of 1990, then rolling up her body in a rug and burying it at a horse farm in Naperville, only to move it later, was found guilty by a Kane County jury Wednesday after more than three hours of deliberations.

Aurelio Montano, 55, was found guilty of first-degree murder in the death of Maria Guadalupe Montano, 34, who was last seen July 7, 1990. Her body has not been found.

In a three-day trial this week before Judge Karen Simpson, prosecutors argued that a jealous Montano killed his wife because he thought she was being unfaithful.

Assistant State's Attorney Greg Sams said Montano, who had initiated divorce proceedings in 1985 but didn't pursue the matter, tried to get relatives to help him dispose of the body.

Montano showed his estranged sister the dead body, and he warned her not to tell anyone. He also asked his nephews about getting a wood chipper, and eventually moved the body after burying it, according to trial testimony.

Aurora police excavated at the farm in spring 1994 but only found the rug and twine. In 2007, the police and FBI used three specially trained cadaver dogs that gave positive alerts for odors of human decomposition on the rug and a barn containing the twine. …

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