Body of mom missing since February found in lake near where abusive boyfriend was found dead months earlier: Reports

Authorities in Texas confirmed Monday that a body pulled from a lake last week belongs to a mother who has been missing since early February.

According to KXAS, the body found floating Wednesday in Mountain Creek Lake in Dallas was identified as Weltzin Garcia, 26. Weltzin and her estranged boyfriend, Alfonso Hernandez, 28, were reported missing from their Grand Prairie home on February 5.

Prior to their disappearances, police had issued a warrant for Hernandez on a domestic violence charge stemming from an incident in January involving him and Garcia, according to KTVT.

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The Dallas Morning News reported that Garcia obtained a protective order against Hernandez before the pair vanished. Garcia’s twin sister told the outlet that Hernandez had sent a goodbye and apology text message to his family the morning he and Garcia disappeared.

Hernandez was found dead in White Rock Lake on February 17, near where his car was discovered on February 5. His phone was recovered from the vehicle while Garcia’s phone was reportedly located on Hernandez’s body. The lake where Hernandez’s body was found is located approximately 20 miles from where Garcia was discovered nearly two months later.

KXAS reported that Hernandez’s body showed no signs of trauma. It remains unclear how he died and the medical examiner’s office said in mid-February that could take up to three months to determine a cause of death.

Garcia’s family had fought Child Protective Services for custody of the missing mother’s two children. The courts have since awarded custody of the couple’s children, ages 3 and 6, to Garcia’s family and that they are living with the late mother’s twin sister, according to the news station.

The Dallas County medical examiner’s office told the Dallas Morning News that Garcia’s cause of death is also pending.

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[Featured image: Weltzin Garcia, Alfonso Hernandez/Facenook]