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

Miguel Angel Gallegos, 23 (HCSO)

HOUSTON – A wanted suspect has been charged with murder after his common-law wife was found dead inside an apartment near Jersey Village 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 at 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 life-saving measures until they pronounced the woman dead, HCSO said. Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez said the woman was found “with some signs of foul play.”

Family members reported to deputies the victim, who was identified as Jael Romans Gonzalez, 22, and her common-law husband, Miguel Angel Gallegos, 23, failed to show up for a family function the previous day. After repeated attempts to contact both of them by phone, family members drove to the couple’s apartment and found it locked and secured. Using a spare key, deputies said the family entered the apartment and discovered Gonzalez in a bedroom unresponsive. They were unable to locate Gallegos and noticed one of the couple’s vehicles, a silver Nissan Altima with the Texas license plate number LJN-3031, was missing.

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

Deputies 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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