AUSTIN (KXAN) - The husband of Julie Ann Gonzalez, missing since 2010, was indicted on a first-degree murder charge Friday.
George De La Cruz, 25, had long been considered a "person of interest" in the disappearance of Julie Ann Gonzalez on March 26, 2010. Her 2005 Impala was found near a drugstore at Stassney Lane and South First Street.
Police said last year that De La Cruz was not cooperating with the investigation into the disappearance of his wife.
In the years since Gonzalez, who was 21 when she was last seen, was last seen, her young daughter has been in the custody of De La Cruz. Gonzalez's family has been seeking custody of the girl.
Form the Austin Police Department's statement:
Initially it appeared that Julie’s disappearance was voluntary based on text messages sent to Julie’s family and friends from her cell phone. However, the length of time since Julie’s last communication with family and other information uncovered causes concern about Julie’s welfare. While voluntary withdrawal cannot be conclusively eliminated as a possibility, it becomes more unlikely as each day passes without contact from Julie.
A team of investigators from the Austin Police Department Violent Crimes Command have been investigating this case. During the investigation, APD gathered information that led us to believe that her disappearance may not have been voluntary. On May 14, 2010, APD executed a search warrant at the residence of George De La Cruz, Julie’s estranged husband. In that search warrant, detectives asked for numerous items of evidence that they believed would be found at the residence. While some items were seized that may be of evidentiary value, not all items sought were found.
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