Las Vegas Sun

August 30, 2014

Currently: 98° — Complete forecast | Log in | Create an account

2 Colombians indicted in woman’s death after botched surgery

Click to enlarge photo

Ruben Dario Matallana-Galvas

Click to enlarge photo

Carmen Olfidia Torres-Sanchez

A Clark County grand jury has indicted two Colombian nationals on second-degree murder charges in the death of a woman after a botched buttocks enhancement surgery.

Ruben Dario Matallana-Galvas, 55, and Carmen Olfidia Torres-Sanchez, 47, were formally charged with conspiracy to commit practicing medicine without a license, practicing medicine without a license, second-degree murder, performance of an act or neglect of duty in willful or wanton disregard of safety of persons or property, and robbery.

The couple were arrested at McCarran International Airport on April 9 in connection with the death of 42-year-old Las Vegas resident Elena Caro as they were trying to catch a flight to Medillin, Colombia.

The incident began when police responded at 5:58 p.m. April 9 to 3310 E. Charleston Blvd. to investigate reports of a missing woman under suspicious circumstances, officials said.

Caro's daughter had dropped her off at the location — a two-room office in the back of Tiles & More — earlier in the day to undergo the cosmetic surgical procedure for a buttocks enhancement, according to a police arrest report.

The daughter watched Matallana-Galvas and Torres-Sanchez give Caro an injection in the buttocks area before she left and was told to return several hours later, police noted in the report. Caro called her daughter later in the day to say the procedure wouldn't be done for at least another three hours, according to the arrest report.

When she returned later to pick up her mother, however, the business was abandoned and Caro was missing, authorities said.

Police said Caro had been taken by ambulance from a location several miles away, in the 3500 block of East Lake Mead Boulevard, to North Vista Hospital.

After his arrest, Matallana-Galvas allegedly told detectives he was a homeopathic doctor in Colombia but not a licensed doctor in Nevada. He said Caro walked out of the office after he injected gel into her.

Clark County suspended the tile shop’s license, which was reviewed by the Clark County Commission earlier this month.

Join the Discussion:

Check this out for a full explanation of our conversion to the LiveFyre commenting system and instructions on how to sign up for an account.

Full comments policy

Previous Discussion: 2 comments so far…

Comments are moderated by Las Vegas Sun editors. Our goal is not to limit the discussion, but rather to elevate it. Comments should be relevant and contain no abusive language. Comments that are off-topic, vulgar, profane or include personal attacks will be removed. Full comments policy. Additionally, we now display comments from trusted commenters by default. Those wishing to become a trusted commenter need to verify their identity or sign in with Facebook Connect to tie their Facebook account to their Las Vegas Sun account. For more on this change, read our story about how it works and why we did it.

Only trusted comments are displayed on this page. Untrusted comments have expired from this story.

  1. This is what we risk as we destroy education here in Nevada. Without qualified, educated, well-trained doctors licensed here, we will risk many more wholly preventable deaths in this state by charlatans. You get what you pay for!

  2. Its truly a shame we have to bother having a trial for these two cretins,...perhaps having them inject each other with the same gel...see how that goes. Its unfortunate the victim didn't understand just what she was getting into.