An arrest affidavit released by the Lufkin Police Department on Monday details the course their investigation took after 47-year-old Efren Elizondo was found dead last week in the bed of his burning truck.
Within hours of finding the burning truck, Lufkin Police were fairly certain Elizondo was the victim. His remains were difficult to identify, but police say a clear chain of evidence and the story that backs it up leaves little doubt as to who died.
After identifying Elizondo's truck based on insurance paperwork that survived the fire, the traced the truck to Elizondo and a search on Facebook turned up his daughter.
She gave police a cell phone number which, according to the affidavit, led back to 25-year-old Kristine Maldonado Garcia.
"[Investigators] were able to quickly out the basic timeline of events together, identify some witnesses and identify some involved parties so by the end of the first day, they had an idea of what happened," Lufkin Police Detective J.B. Smith said.
According to the affidavit, Garcia cooperated at first.
Police said she admitted she was involved during the first of two video-taped interviews during which she was not under arrest. She allegedly claimed to have been buying marijuana from 22-year-old Miguel Hernandez Monsivais, who later decided he wanted her to lure Elizondo to the home they were at so he could kill him.
Garcia allegedly told police that she was threatened with death if she didn't help.
According to the affidavit, Monsivais was angry because Alizondo "had been 'snitching'" to the police, and wanted to use the killing to help his reputation in criminal circles.
Garcia allegedly admitted to luring Elizondo into the trap, but not to being a part of the murder. She allegedly claimed she was outside and heard screams coming from inside the house at the time of his death.
Garcia came back to the police station for a second interview and told police she was being consumed by her own guilt. According to the affidavit, she also changed her story and admitted that she was actually inside that house when Elizondo was killed.
Smith said Garcia disappeared after her second interview, but not before leading [investigators] to 29-year-old Daniel Andres Muniz.
Investigators believe Muniz drove the truck to the empty field and helped set it on fire.
Muniz and Garcia were both captured over the weekend. You can read the full story of charges brought in this case here.
"They'll be brought back to Angelina County to face the charges," Smith said. "One for murder and one for tampering with evidence, which is the disposal of the body."
Monsivais remains at large.
Anyone with information concerning the current location of Miguel Hernandez Monsivais can provide information anonymously by calling Crime Stoppers of Lufkin at (936) 639-TIPS or by submitting an anonymous tip at http://www.lufkincrimestoppers.com/. Crime Stoppers Tipsters never have to give their name and Crime Stoppers may pay a cash reward for information that leads to the arrest of any of these wanted persons.