Texas Man Charged After Woman’s Burned Body Found In Field

PASADENA (July 24, 2014) Jose Valentin Noriega, 37, of Houston, was jailed Thursday, charged with murder in the death of a 25-year-old woman whose burned body was found earlier this week in a field in Pasadena.

Noriega’s bond was set at $70,000, online records show.

He was arrested Wednesday in the death of Rocio Montoya.

Firefighters discovered her body Monday after responding to a report of a fire.

She died of strangulation with blunt force trauma to the head, a medical examiner’s report said.

Investigators have not disclosed a possible motive in the slaying.