Body found identified as missing Corpus Christi woman Tanya Garza

A woman's body found last week has been identified by the Nueces County Medical Examiner's Office. She is Tanya Garza, 27, whose family reported her missing on June 10, authorities confirmed Friday.

Officers with the Corpus Christi Police Department found a body matching that of the missing woman on Saturday, June 15, in a closed area surrounded by thick, thick brush, according to a press release written that day by the officer Superior Antonio Contreras.

They had conducted a search in the area around 9600 Hearns Ferry Road that began around 8:20 a.m. with the help of specialized K-9 units, he said.

CCPD contacted the medical examiner's office after finding the woman's body on June 15, and they ultimately confirmed the identity of the person found.

“Detectives are still awaiting the official autopsy report from the medical examiner to determine how to proceed in this investigation,” Police Lt. Eryca Gonzalez said in a written statement Friday. “This is still an open and active investigation.”

Garza was last seen with her boyfriend, Matthew Davila, 28, on June 7, Contreras said.

Davila was driving Garza's white SUV that day when police tried to stop him, they said. He escaped from them and has not been located. The white SUV was later found on Carbon Plant Road outside the city limits and set on fire, they said.

Detectives from CCPD's Homicide and Robbery Division began investigating the case after Garza was reported missing, Contreras said.

On June 12, CCPD K-9 units, along with drone units, searched the area where the burned vehicle was located, he said.

They found Davila on June 13 and took him to the main police station for an interview, he said. After the interrogation, detectives went with him to the location of the vehicle to conduct research and possibly retrace his steps.

Davila was arrested on an outstanding warrant for evading arrest in a motor vehicle and was taken to the city detention center for booking, Contreras said.

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