Texas Police Find The Body Of Missing Mother Of Two In A Lake
Domestic violence in the country continues to be one of the leading causes of deaths toward women. On average, according to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, nearly 20 people per minute are physically abused by an intimate partner in the United States. Even if women try to follow the law by placing a restraining order against their partners or attempt to leave the relationship, that is sometimes not enough.
A 26-year-old mother of two had been missing for two months before police finally found her body in a lake.
Weltzin Garcia Mireles from Grand Prairie, Texas, was first reported missing on Feb. 28. The date coincided with reports that her boyfriend, 28-year-old Alfonso Roderick Hernandez was missing as well.
On that day that Hernandez sent his family a goodbye text and also apologized to them. The disappearance of both individuals was extremely upsetting to Mireles’s family especially because she accused Hernandez of domestic abuse just a week before they went missing.
According to the reports, police had a warrant for his arrest in January on domestic violence charges. Hernandez’s body, however, had been located in another lake just a week ago. The results of his autopsy have yet to be disclosed.
Even though police had recovered his body, Mireles’ twin sister still believed she was alive.
Atziry Garcia told a local CBS news affiliate that she thought her sister could have been a victim of sex trafficking.
“People go missing every day and girls go missing every day, and they don’t know where they are,” Atziry Garcia told the news channel. “Maybe my sister is one of those girls that was taken against her will and doing sex trafficking.”
In a March 21 Facebook post, Atziry stated that she didn’t believe that her sister’s boyfriend could have harmed her.
“There is no doubt that someone took advantage of my sister’s situation,” she said. “Alfonso loved my sister very much and he would never do something like that to her or his family.”
The Dallas News is reporting that police will continue to investigate this case including Mireles’ cause of death.
Aside from her twin sister, Mireles leaves behind two small children ages 3 and 6.
A Gofundme page has been set up to help with funeral costs and to assist her children.
“There are two small children involved who are now being cared for by the victims’ twin sister who desperately wants answers and needs help to support these two children in addition to her own three. Please consider donating in support of this family.”