Suspect Carried A Dead Mom Out Of A Motel Wrapped In A Blanket. Then, He Drove 250 Miles And Dumped Her In The Woods.

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Source: Royse City police

Jun. 30 2022, Published 2:11 p.m. ET

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A mom was killed in a Texas hotel room and the man suspected in her death took her body, wrapped it in a sheet and drove it more than 250 miles before dumping it.

Now, the alleged killer faces a murder charge.

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On June 30, Royse City, Texas, police announced the arrest of Reynaldo Chavez. He was charged with murder in connection to the death of Sandra Denise Martinez. He is being held in jail on $1 million bond.

Martinez, 47, was a mom to three.

On April 29, Martinez was reported missing and was last seen at a motel in Royse City, police said.

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Video surveillance showed Martinez entering a motel room with Chavez on May 2. Hours later, he was seen on video carrying an unconscious woman wrapped in a blanket, police said.

Chavez put the body in the passenger city of the car and fled the area.


On June 25, Chavez was arrested on unrelated charges, police said. In an interview, he said he assaulted Martinez in the motel room, and she died during the night, police noted.

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He took her body and drove it 265 miles to the Houston area and left it behind a business.

Houston officials found the body on May 9 but were not able to identify it. That was until recently when it was confirmed to be Martinez.

The suspect was also charged with possession of a controlled substance, unlawfully carrying of a weapon and theft of a firearm.


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