Sex offender charged with murder, manslaughter in Garza death

The Orange County sex offender who was last seen with Laura Garza has been formally charged with two counts of murder, two counts of manslaughter and four counts of tampering with evidence in the aspiring dancer's death.

Click "NEXT" below your video player for how a Bronx victims' rights group joined the charge to find out what happened to Laura Garza.

Michael Mele is facing the various charges because of the variety of theories on how he might have killed Garza. The evidence-tampering charges suggest that Mele tampered with two carpet patches in his Town of Wallkill apartment, a floor mat in his car and Garza's own body.

Garza's remains were found in Pennsylvania last April, more than a year after her disappearance.

Garza's family, along with a Bronx victims' rights group, say they had been hoping for the day that Mele was finally charged with the crime.

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