Officials Search For Calif. Student After Missing 20 Years

A 20-year-old Washington state man has been sentenced to less than three years in prison for raping a high school student as she died from a drug overdose and texting semi-nude photos of her.



The Daily Herald

reports that Brian Varela pleaded guilty to second-degree manslaughter, third-degree rape, and unlawful disposal of remains as part of a plea deal in the February death of 18-year-old Alyssa Noceda.


Judge Linda Krese said Thursday she was bound by law to sentence Varela to 2 years and 10 months which was the most time allowed for someone with no prior record.


Police say they found Noceda's body in a plastic crate at the suspect's home.

Varela told police Noceda snorted crushed pills at a party near Martha Lake in February. Varela said after Noceda snorted the pills, he gave her concentrated THC and she collapsed quickly after mixing the two. Lab tests show Noceda had taken a fatal dose of fentanyl and a generic Xanax, according to The Daily Herald. 

Rather than call for help, Varela texted pictures of Noceda, who was partially nude, to his friends with comments like, "LOL." In one message Varela sent, he said he knew she overdosed, but he sexually assaulted her "to pass the time."

Court documents show Varela played a video game, fell asleep and when he woke up, Noceda was cold to the touch. He went to work at Dairy Queen instead of calling for help. 


Detectives say Varela returned from work, stuffed Noceda's body in a crate and kept her hidden for days. 

After listening to testimony from friends and family on Thursday, Judge Krese sentenced Varela to 34 months in prison. 

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