UCI Spotlight - Emily Garcia
They are called predators because, like their animal counterparts, they prey
on the young, the weak and the wounded. That is why their crimes are the most disturbing. That is why society must unite to
fight against them.
On February 25, 1993 a Texas road crew is working off Highway 46 in Canyon
Lake, Texas and discover the nude body of a young female. The body had evidently been there eight to ten hours before it was
found. For a year the victim is a "Jane Doe" until law enforcement matches her fingerprints.
She is Emily Jeanette Garcia who had disappeared from San Antonio on February
12, 1993.Emily was a slight, very pretty Hispanic teenager, only 15 years old.
On a memorial web site, Emily's family describes her:"Emily was a clown. She
was very sociable, artistic, creative, and tempermental. She liked music, dancing, and art. She liked the color red. Her favorite
meal was lamb stew, though she was very fond of cooking and loved to eat. She was always smiling and didn't know a stranger.
She loved spending time at her grandparents home in Missouri, because she loved nature. She was very plain spoken and was
quick to tell you just what she thought.
" She also, like many young girls, had her share of problems. The family says
that while she loved people, she could be moody. She also got into trouble with the law, spent time in Juvenile Detention
in San Antonio and was on probation from there before her disappearance. The autopsy revealed she was three months pregnant.
Young, weak and with personal problems; Emily somehow became a predator's target.When
last seen the girl said she was going to get a pregnancy test so that she could sign up for medicaid. She did not return
home that night.
The coroner's report details her ugly and painful death. Emily had been raped,
the cause of death was ligature strangulation. The report notes the abrasions to her skin, vagina and rectum.It has been 12
years since Emily was murdered, but the case is still active. Police have DNA that can be matched to a suspect. The family
believes that someone, somewhere has seen something, heard something that can break this case. The family desperately wants
to see justice done, but more importantly want this man stopped. There are other young, defenseless girls that could easily
present themselves to him as targets.If you have any information about this case, please contact:
Det. Ward at the Comal County Sheriff's office. 830-620-3400
The e-mail address is: firstname.lastname@example.org
While the hunt continues, it is our belief that Emily & Emilio must not and
will not be forgotten.