Valrico, Florida - A Bay area family hopes the man being questioned in the death of two Bay area women may help crack the case of their murdered loved one.

Charles Martinez is being held at the Orient Road jail in Hillsborough County on unrelated charges. He's being questioned in the death of two women in Brandon.

Authorities believe Martinez knew at least one of the women whose bodies were found inside a charred town home Thursday on Highland Ridge Circle.

Wanted for questioning in their deaths, Martinez surrendered to authorities on Friday night and was arrested on unrelated warrants.

Before being taken to jail, he collapsed and was taken to a hospital to be treated.

While being sought, his picture was plastered all over the media.

The family of a man by the name of Victor Martinez, who was found murdered on Nov. 8, 2009, immediately recognized him. They say he was the last person to see their loved one alive before he was found shot to death in a ditch off of Powell Road, east of Highway 41 South in Ruskin.

"I was hoping maybe it's a link. I don't know. Maybe it's connected," said Jearey Rios, Victor Martinez's girlfriend.

She remembers the day she found out that her boyfriend was murdered. "The nightmare just started," she said "He's a good guy. He loved his family, lover his mother. He loved me."

Rios said her late boyfriend and Charles Martinez were friends. She said the man police are now questioning was the last person to see Victor alive.

She said Hillsborough County sheriff's investigators questioned Charles Martinez about the murder, but never charged him with a crime. Since then, Rios and other family members wonder if Charles Martinez knows more than he is telling.

They say there are similarities in Martinez's recent actions as there were back in 2009.

"As far as we know, he was arrested on unrelated charges in similar to what happened now. He got a lawyer, said he was sick. So it's just very similar," said aunt Nicole Bagley, who spoke about that fact Charles Martinez hired a lawyer before turning himself in and was taken to the hospital before being taken to jail.

When he arrived at the Orient Road Jail on Saturday, Martinez was in a wheelchair.

Victor's case remains in the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office website as an unsolved crime and the family hopes speaking about it will spark renewed interested in finding Victor's murder.

"We want to keep this guy behind bars until we get the full story. I'm not saying he did it, but I'm saying I want the full story," said Jearey Rios.

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