Texas Man Accused Of Murdering Girlfriend, Leaving Remains In Backyard Burn Pit

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Mar. 26 2023, Published 12:13 p.m. ET

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A south Texas man is charged with murdering his girlfriend, then dumping her body in a burn pit behind a home.

The arrest last week of Jeffrey Devorah, 43, in San Antonio may solve a four-year mystery about what happened to Tiffany Garza.

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Garza, 37, was reported missing by her mother in late April 2019. Investigators obtained audio three months later indicating she was killed in a subdivision.

Detectives found a burn pit with human bones and fragments. Tests at two Texas university labs for DNA were not definitive.

But a Facebook post Wednesday by Atascosa County Sheriff David Soward says “significant blood evidence” also was found at the home in front of the burn pit.


A blood sample from the pit, compared with Garza's mother and child, found a DNA match. Another blood sample matched Devorah.

Authorities have not revealed how they think Garza died. But they believe she was killed around Monday, April 1, 2019.

Her mother, Lilly Morua, told KENS-TV that Garza was last seen alive at a Dollar General store.

“I can’t sleep. I’ve just been worried sick to my stomach,” Morua said.

Devorah told detectives in 2019 that he knew nothing about what happened to his girlfriend. According to KSAT-TV, he's now held on $500,000 bond.


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