Woman charged after Austin man’s body found by road in July 2018

Travis County
Stephanie Marie Ray

AUSTIN (KXAN) — Travis County Sherrif’s Deputies arrested a woman in connection with the death of a 31-year-old man in July 2018. 

Stephanie Marie Ray, 33, of Del Valle was arrested and charged with tampering or fabricating of physical evidence after investigators say she allegedly cleaned up a crime scene and moved Johnny Cardenas’ body after he’d been killed. 

Man's body found in southeastern Travis County on July 11, 2018. (KXAN photo) 

Deputies found Cardenas’ body on July 11, 2018 on the side of the road near the 9800 block of Blocker Lane in southeast Travis County after a driver passing by reported a suspicious smell. At the time, authorities said his body showed obvious signs of trauma. 

Cardenas and Ray were in a relationship before his death and he was the father of her two children. 

TCSO investigations are ongoing and deputies say additional charges may be filed later. 

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