Oklahoma City Girl Died of Stab Wound

Family friend held by ICE during investigation into girl's death

By Frank Heinz
|  Tuesday, Nov 1, 2011  |  Updated 8:53 AM CDT
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A 10-year-old girl who was killed in Carrollton this weekend was remembered at a candlelight vigil.

Ellen Goldberg, NBC 5 News

A 10-year-old girl who was killed in Carrollton this weekend was remembered at a candlelight vigil.

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Person of Interest Held on Immigration Charges

A family friend, Jose Conception Sifuentes, is being held on immigration charges. Carrollton police call him a person of interest in the death of Jasmen Gonzalez.

Police Find Body of Missing Girl During Search

Police have found the body of an Oklahoma City girl who disappeared from a relative's home.
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An Oklahoma City girl who police say was abducted while visiting family in North Texas was stabbed to death, according to the medical examiner's office.

The Dallas County medical examiner's office said Monday that Jasmen Gonzalez, 10, died of a stab wound to the chest. Her death has been ruled a homicide.

An affidavit obtained by NBC 5 Monday morning confirms there were signs that the girl was sexually assaulted.

Gonzalez was visiting with her parents for a family reunion at a Carrollton apartment when she disappeared late Saturday night. Her parents noticed she was missing from her bed when they went to check on her after the party broke up shortly before midnight.

Search crews found her body face down outside of a home near the apartment complex at about 3:30 p.m. Sunday.

Police said the bedroom she was sleeping in had a door to the outside.

Person of interest detained on immigration hold

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement investigators have detained Jose Conception Sifuentes, a family friend who Carrollton police have named the only person of interest in connection with the girl's death.

Relatives told police that Sifuentes, a 23-year-old construction worker, disappeared at about the time Gonzalez did.

"We're not sure Jose is the guy that did it, yet," Mitchell said. "I mean, to be fair to everybody involved, we don't need to be pointing a finger at any one person. We still have a lot of work to do, OK? He is a person of interest."

Sifuentes' residence at 1610 E. Belt Line Road and his Lincoln Navigator were searched by authorities, police said Monday. According to a search warrant, police found a knife and human blood in the Navigator.

Police said they expect the results of DNA tests in the case Tuesday morning. Investigators sent in multiple swabs from Sifuentes' Navigator and the apartment.

In an interview with detectives, his "statements were inconsistent, including information regarding him leaving the location for an undisclosed amount of time and his purpose for leaving," according to the search warrant.

In addition to Sifuentes' Navigator, officers searched a white Ford F-150 pickup truck and a red Chevrolet van. They also executed a search warrant at the apartment where the girl disappeared.

Police wouldn't say if Gonzalez and Sifuentes had any interaction at the family gathering Saturday but said they both attended.

Twelve people, including Sifuentes, have been interviewed by investigators in connection with the girl's death.

Officers said little Monday about Sifuentes or the information they learned about the girl's death but said investigators are confident she was abducted from inside the apartment.

Officials said were no signs of a forced entry, but they wouldn't disclose where entry into the apartment was made.

Victim remembered at vigil

Gonzalez's parents and members of the community attended a vigil Monday night at the corner of Rosemon and Maryland avenues.

"This is a situation like we never thought that was going to would happen," one woman said. "It really touched me, you know, that little girl."

The girl's parents, who were visibly grieved, did not speak at the prayer vigil.

"Some people don't even know this little girl, but we're all moms, we're all dads, and we all love her unconditionally, and we hope she's in heaven," a woman at the vigil said.

A second vigil could be held later in the week.

NBC 5's Randy McIlwain, Ray Villeda and Ellen Goldberg contributed to this report.


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