HOUSTON (TCD) — Police arrested a 19-year-old male on suspicion of murder after his missing girlfriend’s body was found in the trunk of her car.
According to the Houston Police Department, on Tuesday, Nov. 28, the 21-year-old victim’s family reported her missing after learning she did not show up for school that day. Relatives reportedly found her Honda Civic parked on Indigo Street and became concerned.
Later that day, one of the victim’s relatives forcibly opened the car and discovered the victim unresponsive inside the trunk. Houston Fire Department paramedics arrived and pronounced her deceased. Houston Police said the victim “had signs of trauma to her face.”
KHOU-TV identified the victim as Idania Maria Campos Muñoz.
Houston Police said Muñoz’s boyfriend, Ariel Cruz, reportedly joined her family in the search. Homicide detectives spoke with Cruz and he allegedly confessed to killing Muñoz. He was then arrested and charged with murder.
Court documents cited by KHOU allege Cruz fatally shot Muñoz because she ended their relationship.
Cruz is being held on $500,000 bond.
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