Instead of calling for help, Varela took several pictures showing Alyssa unconscious and naked on his bed. Her lips were swollen and blue. He then proceeded to text the pictures to several of his friends in a group chat. "LOL I think she OD'd, still breathing," the text read. "I'm smashing her to pass the time."
After raping her, Varela told his friends that he thought Alyssa was still breathing and considered taking her to a hospital, but that he was "too tired to do so" and went to bed. Sunday morning, according to Varela's roommate, he stepped out of his room and said he needed some help.
Varela proceeded to show his roommate and another person Alyssa's body, which the roommate described as being stiff with foam around her lips. The roommate said he told Varela to call the police. Instead, he closed and locked his door and left to work a double shift at a local Dairy Queen.
During his shift, Varela bragged to his coworkers about the party and raping Alyssa. One coworker told police that Varela described how he’d stuffed her body into a plastic crate, breaking her legs to make it fit. Varela told him he was going to fill the crate with onions to hide the smell before burying it.
After hearing this, the coworker did a Facebook search early Tuesday. He discovered a post by Alyssa's mother that said her daughter had been missing since Saturday night. He alerted authorities to what Valera had told him. Police converged on Valera's home two hours later where they found the suspect and Alyssa's body stuffed into a crate in his bedroom.
Valera told police that he had researched on his phone how to dispose of a body. He also told them that after reading the Facebook post from Alyssa's mother on Monday that he had used her dead thumb to unlock her phone. He then updated her Snapchat with the intention of making it look like she'd run away.