VALENCIA COUNTY, N.M. (KWTX) Valencia County Sheriff's found the body of a missing Central Texas veteran in a ditch in New Mexico, Friday night and have a suspect in custody in connection with his death.
Graduate of China Spring High School, Matthew Gurule, 32, has been missing since July 27. Officials say he was last seen at the Isleta Casino.
The next day his car was found burned in the mesa of Rio Communities.
His mother, Sandra Miller, had been searching New Mexico since his disappearance and on Saturday she spoke to KRQE.
“It’s crazy that my son can proudly fight for his county in two wars, Iraq and Afghanistan, and come home to his father’s hometown and get murdered,” Miller said.
Francisco Gomez and his girlfriend, Jeannine Willard, were arrested last week after they were caught on security video using his credit card in Belen, KRQE reported.
The Valencia County Sheriff's Office confirmed to News 10 they believe Gomez is responsible for Gurule's death.
Valencia County Sheriff Denise Vigil says he will be charged with an open count of murder as well as other felonies.
Gomez and Willard are set to appear in court in Valencia County Monday morning at 11 a.m.
KRQE reported Gurule's funeral will be held next week.
News 10 has reached out to Gurule's family.