SAN AUGUSTINE, Texas (KTRE) - San Augustine police have charged a man with murder in connection to a missing San Augustine woman.
Miguel Angel Gomez, 39, has been transferred from the Nacogdoches County Jail to the San Augustine County Jail, according to a press release.
San Augustine police reported on Monday that Alma Rocha was last seen on Nov. 13. Through the investigation, police discovered that her vehicle, a 2001 silver Dodge Caravan, was abandoned in the woods near Etoile in Nacogdoches County on County Road 445.
During the investigation, police arrested Gomez on unrelated charges.
On Wednesday, police said they had enough evidence to charge Gomez with murder. San Augustine Chief of Police Robert Brazeal says that evidence is not being released at this time.
Rocha’s cousin Iguin Vila described Alma as a strong woman.
“We’re very sad about what’s going on at this time,” Vila said. “She’s a nice, unique girl unlike any other. She’s very hard-working woman that have raised her four children basically on her own. She’s a hard-working woman. That’s the last thing we know where she was. She had gotten out of work. After that she went missing.”
“A mother of four,” Brazeal said Tuesday. “Like I said, we need to find out where’s she’s at. We’re trying our best to locate her.”
Brazeal said Rocha’s children are safe.
Alma’s aunt Maria Castillo says they want answers.
“We are desperate, we are not from here, but even so, here we are, we do not want to leave without hearing news about her,” Castillo said. “Find her, no matter how we find her, the question is to find her.”
“We’re really sad at this point but we really don’t give up our faith,” Vila said. “It doesn’t go down because we know something good will come out of this.”
Police say they are still asking for the public’s help in locating Rocha.
Brazeal says there are no other persons of interest in this case at this time.
His department along with the Texas Rangers and the Nacogdoches County Sheriff’s Office are continuing to investigate.
If you have any information, call the San Augustine Police Department at 936-275-2384.