Police confirm that body found in Trinity River is missing Irving woman

UPDATED at 9:20 a.m. Monday:

Family and friends first grew worried about Panameno’s disappearance Friday night after she didn’t return several phone calls, KTVT-TV (Channel 11) reports.

“Friday at 10:00 p.m., that was the last time we saw her,” said Joel Flores, a relative of the victim. “We have been worried because she doesn’t answer the phone. She’s never like that.”

Family members said they received a call from Panameno’s significant other saying he had done something to his wife.

Read more of KTVT’s report here.

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UPDATED at 8:52 a.m. Monday:

Dallas police have confirmed that the body found in the Trinity River near I-20 is Maritza Panameno, the 34-year-old Irving woman who had been missing since Friday.

Police spokesman Kevin Janse said she had been “killed by homicidal violence” but didn’t give further details.

Police believe the killing took place somewhere in Dallas, but they have not yet identified any suspects.

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Police found a body in the Trinity River near Interstate 20 last night that could be connected to an Irving woman who has been missing since Friday, KDFW-TV (Channel 4) reports.

Members of the woman’s church were searching the area in southeast Dallas after receiving a tip that there could be evidence there. Around 11 p.m., they spotted a tarp bound by rope and called 911.

Inside was the body of a Hispanic woman in her 30s; police have not said whether the body is that of the missing woman.

The woman’s pastor, Jermin Zetino, told KDFW-TV that he had notified the missing woman’s family of the discovery.

“We had to go to the family’s house and stay with them,” he said. “And tell the people to pray for the family.”

Read more from KDFW-TV’s report here.

–Tom Benning / Reporter

Source: Crime Blog