PASADENA, Texas -- Investigators arrested a man for killing the mother of his child and then setting her body on fire.
Jose Noriega. 37, was taken into the Harris County jail late Wednesday and has been charged with the murder of Rocio Montoya.
Firefighters discovered Montoya s burned body when they responded to a grass fire early Monday in a field in the 6600 block of Olson Lane in Pasadena.
Montoya died from strangulation and blunt force trauma to the head, according to the medical examiner s office.
I just want everyone to remember her like a good mother, said Adan Montoya. Nobody expected this to happen to my sister.
Family members told investigators that Noriega threatened Montoya when she asked him to pay child support.
Investigators said Noriega had a child with Montoya, but was married to another woman.
Noriega has been charged with murder and is being held on a $70,000 bond.