The remains police found Thursday in a Lewisville field have been positively identified as a Coppell woman who has been missing since April, the Tarrant County Medical Examiner's Office said.
On April 16, Kathleen Garza, 49, never returned from a trip to the Market Street Shopping Center on North Denton Tap Road in Coppell, her family said. Her husband said she had gone to meet her friend Leroy Tellgren for coffee on the day that she disappeared.
Police arrested Tellgren, a 75-year-old Carrollton man, on capital murder charges one week later. He remains in jail on a $1 million bond.
Coppell and Lewisville police began searching an area near State Highway 121 and Fish Hatchery Road in Denton County at about 3:30 p.m. Thursday. Police said they found clothing items, bones and hair that were turned over to the Tarrant County Medical Examiner's Office.
Coppell Police Deputy Chief Gary Nix said officers planned to search the area for other clues.
Garza, a former teacher, met Tellgren about five years ago when the two worked for the Coppell school district, her husband, Raul, said. He said Tellgren was like a father figure to his wife and that the two met often to chat over coffee.
Although Tellgren told police he had left Garza at the grocery store at 10 a.m., he and Garza can both be seen on surveillance video getting into a pickup truck and leaving the grocery store just before 9 a.m. on April 16, according to an arrest affidavit.
Investigators said blood evidence links Tellgren to Garza's death. Investigators also said Garza's watch and two rings were found in Tellgren's pocket and her purse was found in Tellgren's truck, which had large sections of the seat cut out.