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CCPD arrests suspect in Vanessa Pecina's death

Posted at 7:10 PM, Sep 10, 2019
and last updated 2019-09-10 21:01:59-04

CORPUS CHRISTI, TEXAS — Corpus Christi police have arrested 46-year-old Jose Guadalupe De Luna Jr. in connection with the murder of 36-year-old Vanessa Pecina.

Police say de Luna was taken into custody Tuesday afternoon. He was booked into the Nueces County Jail around 6:30 p.m. Tuesday. He was charged with murder.

Pecina's body was found by deputies last week in the Petronila area. The discovery comes days after the Corpus Christi Police Department featured her on its blotter page as a missing person. Nueces County Sheriff's Department Asst. Chief Deputy Daniel Perez estimates Pecina's body was found more than a week ago.

Pecina was found in a ditch by a passerby driving near County Roads 20 and 63.

She was last seen alive around Aug. 27, getting into a red vehicle in a neighborhood off Kostoryz and McArdle Roads.

Pecina made several social media posts indicating she and de Luna were in a relationship, and a subsequent post made by Pecina shortly before her disappearance suggests that they had just broken up.

Meanwhile, De Luna's bond was set at $400,000.

If you have any information relating to Pecina's death, contact the Nueces County Sheriff's Department Criminal Investigations Division at 361-887-2222.