AUSTIN (KXAN) - Investigators found a car they have been searching for in connection with the death of Elizabeth Escobar, the young mother whose body was found in a burning pile of brush along Springdale road, but investigators now believe it was not connected to the crime.
Detectives had been looking for a silver car witnesses saw Escobar get in to the day she was killed. But investigators found that vehicle abandoned in East Austin and have cleared the two men who were driving it. They also said Monday that Escobar's boyfriend is not a suspect and has an alibi for the hours in which Elizabeth was likely killed.
"I thought for sure if we could find this car- we could find the person who did this," said Monika Mota, Escobar's cousin. "We deserve to know answers."
Travis County Sheriff's investigators believe Escobar may have been walking around the area of the Booker T Housing Complex in East Austin when she was taken by someone. They are hoping fresh tips and DNA evidence found on Escobar's body will lead them to her killer. They said they know the cause of death, but are not making that information public because of the ongoing investigation.
"We pretty much are on a clean slate right at the moment- we're waiting for evidence to be tested but we don't have a focus on any one particular person," said Spokesperson Roger Wade. "Its kind of frustrating that we don't have as many good leads as we should because this is such a mystery."
They are releasing new details about what Escobar was wearing the day she disappeared, hoping to jog someone's memory. They said she was wearing a black tank top and a short skirt, possibly a denim skirt. She had long, dark hair.
"Elizabeth was a wonderful person and a wonderful mom and she was always giving and she deserves justice," said Mota. She said her family does not know who killed Escobar but they are hoping for justice.
Anyone with information in the case is encouraged to call crimestoppers or the Travis County Sheriff's Office.
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