Formal Charges Filed Against Murder Suspect

The man believed responsible for the disappearance and death of a South Bend woman whose body was found near Culver on Wednesday has been formally charged.

The St. Joseph County Prosecutor’s Office filed murder charges today against Alberto Cruz, 24. He was arrested Wednesday and has been a suspect in the disappearance of Alma Del Real, 22, since she was first reported missing. She was last seen around 3:30 a.m. on April 12th when a friend dropped her off at home after leaving Studio Rumba 305 in South Bend. The cause and manner of her death have not yet been determined.