HOUSTON – Houston police have identified the remains of a woman’s charred body that was discovered Friday behind a washateria in northeast Houston.
HPD said she was identified as 40-year-old Angelica Garibay. Officers said she had two small star temporary tattoos — one blue and one pink — on her stomach.
Police received a 911 call reporting a fire burning in the 1300 block of Lorraine Street around 6:40 a.m. Friday.
Houston firefighters initially thought it was just a pile of rubbish on fire. When they put out the blaze, they discovered the woman’s remains. Arson investigators and K-9 units were then called out.
Police said it appears that she was killed somewhere else, then brought to that location and set afire.
A call from a concerned relative gave the medical examiner information enough information to identity Garibay. She was a U.S. Navy veteran and mother of three.
“At some point after leaving the military. Angelica lost custody of her kids. Also, shortly after leaving the military, she was diagnosed with bi-polar disorder,” said Eli Cisneros of HPD’s Homicide Division.
That was in the mid 90s. Police said Garibay turned to drugs and began to wander the streets, despite the fact she had a place to stay.
“Angelica had a strong family support system, but unfortunately this wasn’t enough to keep her from spiraling downhill,” said Cisneros.