DNA test confirms identity of Lufkin man found in burning truck
Kristine Garcia (Source: Angelina County Jail)
Miguel Monsivais (Source: Angelina County Jail)
Daniel Muniz (Source: Angelina County Jail)
Efren Elizondo, the victim (Source: Facebook)
LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) -
DNA testing has confirmed that Efren Mora Elizondo, of Lufkin, was the vehicle owner and victim found dead inside a burning pickup on August 14, according to police spokesperson, JB Smith.
Smith said investigators have not received the autopsy results and it is unknown when they will be in.
On August 17, two of the three suspects connected to the 47-year- old man's death were taken into custody.
Smith stated Chambers County Sheriff's Offices in Anahauac, Texas notified LPD that they arrested Daniel Andres Muniz, 29, of Winnie. St. Landry Parish Sheriff's Department in Louisiana notified authorities they had arrested Kristine Maldonado Garcia, 25, of Lufkin.
Smith said Muniz is still in Chambers County and Garcia is still in St. Landry Parish, Louisiana.
There is not a confirmed date on their extradition but Smith said it could be sometime this week or next.
The murder suspects Garcia, and Miguel Hernandez-Monsivais, 22, of Lufkin, have been charged with first-degree murder. Muniz is suspected of second-degree tampering with evidence.
Monsivais is still at-large.
According to the affidavit, detectives used Facebook to eventually connect Elizondo to a witness who saw Garcia talk with Elizondo on the night of his death. Police then interviewed Garcia, who said she had gone to a house on Higgins Street to buy marijuana from Monsivais. She said Monsivias asked if she knew Elizondo and that he wanted her to lure him to the house because he had been "snitching." He said if she did not do it, he would do to her what he planned on doing to Elizondo.
Garcia said she then went to someone's house and called Elizondo and arranged for him to meet her and give her a ride to the Higgins address so she could pick up some clothes.
She said when they got to the house, she turned and walked away and heard screams coming from the house. She said she then went to Petty's Motel before she went back to the house and helped clean blood from the floor of the house, using white towels, bleach and laundry detergent.
Police obtained a search warrant for the Higgins Street address and took several items of evidence.
Police asked Garcia for a second interview, where she then admitted that she had not been truthful and she was in the house when Elizondo was beaten to death. She also said Elizondo's body was wrapped up in a carpet and placed in the back of his pickup truck. She said she was scared from being threatened, so she cleaned up the blood stains left in the house. She said Monsivais and Muniz drove Elizondo's body away from the house.
Monsivais is described as Hispanic, six-foot-two, 240 pounds, with brown hair and brown eyes. Anyone with information concerning his current location can provide information anonymously by calling Crime Stoppers of Lufkin at (936) 639-TIPS or by submitting an anonymous tip at www.LufkinCrimeStoppers.com. Crime Stoppers Tipsters never have to give their name and Crime Stoppers may pay a cash reward for information that leads to the arrest of any of these wanted persons.