Suspect wanted in murder of common-law wife who was found dead in apartment near Jersey Village: HCSO

HOUSTON – A wanted suspect has been charged with murder after his common-law wife was found dead in an apartment near Jersey Village on Monday morning, Harris County Sheriff’s Deputies said.

Deputies were called to the 10000 block of North Eldridge Parkway near Highway 290 and Highway 6 around 9:52 a.m.

Upon arrival, deputies said they found family members performing CPR on an unresponsive woman. Emergency personnel arrived at the scene and continued lifesaving measures until they pronounced the woman dead, the HCSO said. Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez said the woman was found “with signs of foul play.”

Family members reported to deputies that the victim, identified as Jael Romans Gonzalez, 22, and his common-law partner, Miguel Angel Gallegos, 23, failed to show up for a family function the day before. After several attempts to contact them both by phone, family members went to the couple’s apartment and found it locked and secure. Using a spare key, deputies said the family entered the apartment and discovered Gonzalez in a bedroom with no answer. They were unable to locate Gallegos and noticed that one of the couple’s vehicles, a silver Nissan Altima with Texas license plate number LJN-3031, was missing.

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The HCSO Homicide and Crime Scene units conducted a follow-up investigation, and the Harris County District Attorney’s Office accepted a criminal murder charge against Gallegos for Gonzalez’s murder.

MPs said Gallegos is currently wanted and the investigation is ongoing. Investigators urge anyone with information about this case or Gallegos’ whereabouts to contact the HCSO Homicide Unit at (713) 274-9100 or Crime Stoppers at (713) 222-TIPS.

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