Police: Murder suspect asked Siri how to hide the body
Bravo, a University of Florida student, is accused of killing his roommate Christian Aguilar after learning that Aguilar was dating Bravo’s high school girlfriend. According to prosecutors Bravo, planning to reunite with his ex-girlfriend, allegedly strangled Aguilar to death in a Walmart parking lot and then buried him in the woods nearby.
New evidence presented in the trial this week pulls data from Bravo’s iPhone. On the night of the incident in September 2012, he allegedly told Siri, “I need to hide my roommate.” Even creepier, Siri actually provided some practical advice on hiding a body, asking “What kind of place are you looking for?” and suggesting “Swamps. Reservoirs. Metal foundries. Dumps.”
Police also point out that the flashlight function on Bravo’s phone was turned on 9 times that night and was used for 48 minutes total.
The phone shows no activity from 11:30pm to 12, indicating that it was turned off, and then it reappears at his apartment complex at 1:23am, which is inconsistent with his alibi. His phone records is still being parsed to see if any location data places him at the Walmart at the time of Aguilar’s alleged murder. None of this bodes well for Bravo.
Sure, maybe you’d forget about your phone silently pinging your location data to satellites in the midst of a crime. But asking Siri where to hide the body? Come on! How do you not see that ending badly?
Just months before the alleged incident another Florida couple was busted for murdering their roommate when phone records showed that they’d extensively Googled how to kill someone and cover it up. Clearly Bravo didn’t learn the lesson. Word to the wise, would be murderers—technology is always watching you, and Siri will always rat you out.
Update: The Twitter feed for Gainseville Police are now saying the Siri evidence is a fabrication:
Multiple reports of Bravo asking Siri to hide a roommate are incorrect… GPD Det. Goeckel certainly did not testify to that. #BravoTrial
— Gainesville Police (@GainesvillePD) August 13, 2014