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A body found in a Texas lake has been identified as a missing mother of two who vanished in February along with her boyfriend.
Weltzin Garcia, 28, was reported missing Feb. 5, about a week after she secured a protective order against her boyfriend, Alfonso Hernandez, 28. Police had also issued a domestic assault warrant for his arrest shortly before the two disappeared, according to the Dallas Morning News.
Police found the remains of Hernandez a few weeks later on Feb. 17 at White Rock Lake, an area northeast of downtown Dallas. They discovered his car in an area near the lake shortly after the pair went missing after pinging Garcia’s cell phone, according to Fox 4 News in Dallas.
Garcia’s body was found by a kayaker at Mountain Creek Lake, an area about 22 miles from where her boyfriend’s body had been recovered, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports.
Investigators have yet to release a cause of death in either case.
Garcia’s twin sister, Atziry Mireles, told the Dallas Morning News shortly after the two disappeared that her sister had moved into their cousin’s house with her two children, a 6-year-old daughter and 3-year-old son, shortly before she had disappeared. She decided to make the move after repeated fights with Hernandez.
Garcia disappeared under mysterious circumstances, vanishing early one morning without laying out clothes for her daughter or packing her a lunch.
Mireles said Hernandez had texted his family a goodbye message.
The couple’s children were initially placed in foster care, but are now being cared for by Garcia’s twin, KXAS-TV reports.
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