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New details emerging in death of Vanessa Pecina

Posted: 5:12 PM, Sep 09, 2019
Updated: 2019-09-10 14:08:06-04
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Jose Guadalupe DeLuna Jr.

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — Local law enforcement officials are looking for a 46-year-old man wanted on suspicion of the murder of 36-year-old Vanessa Pecina.

Jose Guadalupe de Luna Jr. is wanted in connection with Pecina's death.

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

Someone driving near County Road 20 and County Road 63 saw Pecina's body in the ditch. The Sheriff's Department does not have any idea whether she had any visible wounds.

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

Several social media posts made by Pecina indicate that she and de Luna were in a relationship. And a post made by Pecina shortly before her disappearance indicates that they had just broken up shortly before she went missing.

Luna is described by police as being about 5-7, 165 lbs. He has black hair, brown eyes and most recently had a grey goatee and brown mustache, according to his wanted poster.

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