HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) -- A man has been charged with murder in the case of a Houston mother who went missing over a year ago.
Arceneaux is accused of killing his girlfriend, Maria
Jimenez-Rodriguez, and dismembering her body with a chainsaw, according
to court documents.
was last seen on June 21, 2018 when she dropped her daughter off with
the babysitter and went to work in her silver truck.RELATED: Missing Houston mom last seen dropping child off with babysitter
single mother was a paralegal working at the Milledge Law Firm, but on
June 21 she never arrived to work. Her co-workers said it was unusual
and out of character.
Investigators say her co-workers also said
that they started receiving strange text messages from Jimenez-Rodriguez
saying that she would be late.
Her co-workers questioned the
legitimacy of the text messages because they didn't sound like they were
coming from Jimenez-Rodriguez.
to court documents, Arceneaux told police he hadn't seen
Jimenez-Rodriguez that day, but cellphone data showed that their phones
were at the same location.
Authorities say they tracked the
phones to a Home Depot in northwest Houston and surveillance video shows
a man matching Arceneaux's description purchasing trash bags and a
chainsaw. Authorities say they located the receipt for the items which
was signed, "Erik Arceneaux." Records show that Jimenez-Rodriguez's
phone was at the same location, but she was not seen on surveillance
Police say they detected blood on the ceiling and walls when they searched Arceneaux's home.
Arceneaux was charged in August, but authorities haven't been able to locate him.
pled guilty to aggravated assault in 2011 after he held a gun to the
head of a woman he was dating and threatened to kill her.
Police don't believe Jimenez-Rodriguez is alive, but her body hasn't been found.