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Norman police investigate after finding body in Lindsey Street basement

Jul. 29—Norman police are still investigating after finding the body of a woman with special needs in the basement of a Norman home earlier this year.

Court records show that in May 2021, Norman police received a tip that there was a body in the basement of a home at 715 W. Lindsey St. On inspection, officers found a badly decomposed female body in a box under the home's basement stairs.

The state medical examiner's office later identified the woman as Margarita Sandoval, a woman with special needs who was living with her brother and his wife until she was reported missing in 2018 by other family members.

According to a search warrant affidavit, Sandoval started living with her brother Octavio Sanchez and his wife Desiree in early 2018 at their Norman apartment.

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Sandoval filed a police report in February 2018 alleging that her brother and his wife were abusing her. The responding officer noted visible bruising on Sandoval's arms hands and face.

Court records say Sandoval's other family members reported her missing at some point in 2018, and that she was last seen living at her brother and sister-in-law's home.

After Sandoval's disappearance, the Sanchezes allowed their friend Miguel Munoz and his children to live with them while the family got settled in Oklahoma. The couple eventually helped Munoz find and secure a house at 715 W. Lindsey St.