EDCOUCH, Texas — Investigators say human remains found inside a South Texas septic tank have been identified as a 21-year-old woman reported missing in 2004.
The Hidalgo County Sheriff’s Office on Tuesday announced identification of Leona Johnson and a murder warrant for a man who owned the property near Edcouch.
Sheriff’s officials say 40-year-old Aristeo Cervantes Jr. is currently serving 12 years in a Texas prison for the 2015 stabbing of his wife at the same residence.
Deputies in July responded to a call from the current residents about a bone and a boot discovered in the septic tank while it was being serviced. DNA evidence was used to identify Johnson, who was fatally stabbed.
Online records Wednesday didn’t immediately provide details on the murder charge or an attorney to speak for Cervantes.