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PCSO News Release

Media Contact:
Wood, Donna

Public Information Officer 
News Date: 2/10/2011 

 Polk County Sheriff's Office Names Suspect in Homicide 

Polk County Sheriff's Office Homicide detectives continue to investigate the violent murder of 44-year-old George "Teddy" Rivera.

Between 3:00 pm and 4:00 pm, on January 9, 2011, Rivera, who lived at 311 E. Buchanan Avenue, Orlando, was at his residence with his three daughters when two Hispanic males, wearing black t-shirts with the word "Security" in white lettering, arrived at the residence.  They were seen driving what has been described as a two colored jeep-type vehicle with red on the bottom and black on the top.

Rivera went outside to speak to the subjects.  Rivera then told his daughters he had to leave and would be back.  Rivera never returned.

Rivera's wife reported him missing on January 10, 2011, to the Orange County Sheriff's Office.

A man walking his dog discovered Rivera's decomposed body at approximately 12:20 pm on Monday, On February 7, 2011.  The victim's body was approximately 40 yards off of Sweet Pea Court, Poinciana, in a not yet developed residential wooded area.  This location is approximately 3 miles from the suspect's home.

Prior to his disappearance, Rivera had been having an affair with 37-year-old Michelle Rosado, 403 Black Bird Way, and Poinciana.  Rosado is the wife of Rivera's former friend, 40-year-old Manny Ayala.

On January 4th, Ayala saw his wife and Rivera together in a silver Camaro with black racing stripes traveling along Orange Blossom Trail in Orlando.  Ayala called his wife's cell phone and demanded the pair pull over.  Ayala confronted Rivera and the two men fought.  After the fight, Manny offered to pay Rivera to leave Michelle alone, and leave the state; Teddy refused.

Rivera had planned to meet Michelle the day of his disappearance, his birthday, for a 4:00 pm celebration.

Though Ayala now resides at 6300 Parc Corniche Drive, # 3207, Orlando, both he and Michelle continue to work at Ayala's business, Acme Truck Stop off of Orange Blossom Trail.

The two men wearing black t-shirts with "Security" printed on them, who met with Rivera at his house in Orlando on the afternoon of January 9th, and Ayala are considered suspects in this on-going Murder investigation.

Anyone with information about this investigation is urged to contact the Polk County Sheriff's Office at 863.298.6200.