Royse City Police Arrest Houston Man On Murder Charges For Missing Woman


Royse City PD has served an arrest warrant for a Houston man they say killed Sandra Denise Martinez.

On April 29, 2022 a missing person report was filed with Greenville PD. Greenville officers learned that 47 year old Martinez was last seen at the American Inn Motel in Royse City, TX.

After reviewing surveillance footage officers see Martinez enter the motel with Reynaldo Chavez on May 2. On May 3 Chavez was seen leaving a room with what appeared to be an unconscious woman wrapped in a blanket.

Royse City police quickly began an investigation into Martinez’s disappearance.

On June 25 Rockwall PD arrested Chavez on unrelated charges. Royse City detectives interviewed Chavez in Rockwall where he admitted to killing Martinez.

He claimed he assaulted Martinez and she died from the injuries. He then said he drove her deceased body to a wooded area in Houston and dumped the body behind a business.

Houston PD confirmed they recovered a deceased body on May 9. Royse City PD sent medical records of Martinez to Houston and they were able to positively identify her.

The Harris County Medical Examiner cited homicidal violence as the cause of death.

Chavez is being charged with murder along with possession of a controlled substance, unlawful carrying of a weapon and theft of a weapon. His bond is set at $1,000,000.


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