A high school cheerleader from Texas was discovered dead in her bathtub last week after she didn’t show up for a squad function.
On Sunday, authorities announced the arrest of an “undocumented” male in connection with her murder.
Rafael Govea Romero was charged with capital murder for the death of Lizbeth Medina, 16, on Saturday night by the Edna Police Department.
Romero was apprehended in Schulenburg, Texas, about 140 miles southeast of San Antonio and 62 miles southeast of Edna.
The murder’s brutality has sent shockwaves through the roughly 6,000 residents of the little Texas town.
At the Cottonwood Apartments, located off North Wells Street in Edna, the Edna police arrived shortly before 7 p.m. on December 5.
No details about the murder or whether Romero and Medina were acquainted were disclosed by authorities; however, Edna Police Chief Rick Boone said that the “undocumented male suspect” had been apprehended after “countless hours” of investigation by the Texas Rangers and his department.
According to local sources, the adolescent’s mother, Jacqueline Medina, discovered her body in her house on December 5th. She had not participated in a Christmas parade with her high school team.
Her daughter’s corpse was discovered in the apartment’s bathtub when she returned home in a panic. Although emergency personnel were sent, Medina was declared deceased upon arrival.
Police said in a Monday update that they found evidence linking Romero to the murder in the silver Taurus, but they did not specify what that evidence was.
Romero, purportedly seen in surveillance pictures with thick black hair and a beard but no mustache looked like the same person in the mugshot. The photographs showed a guy with a black hooded sweatshirt with the word “Volcom” printed on it.
The silver Ford Taurus, manufactured between 2010 and 2018, was the vehicle he was seen driving.
Romero was reportedly given a bail of $2 million.