PFLUGERVILLE, Texas — An arrest warrant obtained by KVUE shows that investigators believe a man killed a Pflugerville mom after finding out she went on a date with someone else.
A CLEAR Alert was previously issued for 38-year-old Camerina Trujillo Perez, and was discontinued on Saturday, Jan. 29. Officials are now seeking out her boyfriend, Luis Montes, for her murder.
Anyone with information regarding Trujillo Perez's disappearance and death is asked to call the TCSO tip line at 512-854-1444 or Crime Stoppers at 512-472-TIPS (8477).
The timeline of her disappearance and death
On Jan. 26, the Travis County Sheriff's Office announced that it was searching for the 38-year-old mom. She was reported missing on Jan. 25 at 4 a.m. at the 21400 block of Derby Day Ave. in Pflugerville.
At the time, authorities said they were also still searching for Montes, pictured below with Trujillo Perez, in connection with her disappearance. Montes is described as a 35-year-old man who is 6 feet, 1 inch tall, weighs 220 pounds and has black hair and brown eyes.
On Feb. 4, officials announced they have now charged Montes for her murder. His bail has been set at $1 million.
The sheriff's office was told that the duo was in a dating relationship and was last seen together on Jan. 24. Family members told investigators that she could be in danger, as Montes had made threatening statements about her in the past.
Although the CLEAR alert expired, the TCSO said its investigation remained ongoing. Authorities believed Trujillo Perez's disappearance posed a credible threat to her own safety.
“Evidence strongly indicates that Camerina Perez did not willingly leave her family, job and life behind. We need to find her and Luis Montes as quickly as possible,” said Sgt. Sylvia Leal.
Officials said her vehicle, a blue 2014 Chevrolet Sonic with Texas license plate FZH0400, was reportedly seen on Jan. 27 traveling north through Temple.
They later reported that as they pursued leads and gathered evidence, a "disturbing chain of events began to emerge," indicating that Montes killed her in the early-morning hours of Jan. 25.
Arrest warrant reveals details around Pflugerville woman's disappearance and death
According to a warrant obtained by KVUE, Trujillo Perez's daughter told police that they had been dating for "some time," and that Montes had told her in the past that "if she tried to leave him, he would kill himself or do something stupid."
The daughter told investigators they believed Montes had put a tracking device on the mother's car, because Montes had shown up at places she was at, unannounced.
On Jan. 24, detectives said the mother went on a date with another man, and Montes went to their location and saw them together.
Thanks to cell phone data, detectives were able to find out that Montes called Trujillo Perez shortly after the date. They spoke for a couple of minutes and met at a GEFCU bank parking lot, located at 900 FM 685. Surveillance video shows both of their cars pulling into the parking lot that day.
Near where they parked, a detective later found a pool of blood.
Cell phone data allegedly shows that Montes drove his truck to a nearby H-E-B. He later hailed an Uber and went to a gas station across the street from the bank.
He then allegedly took Trujillo Perez's vehicle toward his residence.
The cell phone data shows that at night that day, Montes drove from his residence down SH 130 to Lake Pflugerville, and was there for a while. Officers believe he came to the lake "under the hours of darkness and low pedestrian activity to destroy or conceal evidence."
On Jan. 25, Montes went to his father's residence and left his phone, wallet and keys. Montes' brother went to their father's residence and took Montes' possessions, the affidavit reports.
Investigators spoke with Montes' father, who told police in Spanish something to the effect of he was "afraid that Luis was going to hurt someone else."
On Jan. 26, her vehicle was spotted parked in The Home Depot parking lot at 2551 N. I-35. Video footage shows the vehicle going to a nearby Walmart. Montes is allegedly seen getting out of and into the car.
“This is a horrible outcome, and my heart goes out to Camerina’s friends and family. We are doing everything we can to find Luis Montes and bring justice to her loved ones,” said Sheriff Sally Hernandez
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