Mercedes police have in custody suspects of young woman’s murder

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This weekend the homicide of a 19-year old woman was under investigation after Mercedes PD found a body in an abandoned vehicle.

The victim was identified as Ruth Esmeralda Olvera.

Mercedes PD asked the community for help finding possible suspects for the murder.

On Monday two people linked to the homicide were taken into custody, a woman identified as Esmeralda Chapa 36, and a man, identified as Guadalupe Ybarra Jr. 37, were taken into custody at the Weslaco City Jail with a bond of 1 million.

Motives for the crime are said to be due to domestic violence and jealousy, Ibarra was Olvera’s stepfather, no further information was given. The investigation is still ongoing.

Police asked residents to report any domestic violence case if they are being mistreated by their families or their partners so that no domestic violence case escalates to homicide.

To report any act of domestic violence residents can call 956 565 3102.

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