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Arrest warrant issued for ex-boyfriend of Dallas mother of 3 who went missing last year

January 2, 2017  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Arrest warrant issued for ex-boyfriend of Dallas mother of 3 who went missing last year

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One-year after a Dallas mother-of-three disappeared, authorities announced that her ex-boyfriend is a suspect in her killing.

According to Fox 4, 34-year-old Marisol Espinoza was reported missing December 29th of last year after she failed to show up at the hair salon where she worked in Dallas.

She was living with her ex-boyfriend, Faustino Valdez, 35, after a fire destroyed her home.

In an interview on January 1st, Valdez told Fox 4 that he had seen Espinoza the morning she disappeared — she got ready for work at their home, left, and then he never saw her again.

“She left the house… She got ready like she always does,” he said, trying to hold back tears. “She took a shower, got ready, put her clothes and makeup on. She kissed me goodbye and told me she was leaving.”

Only a few days later, Valdez himself disappeared. Espinoza’s Chevy with her purse inside was found abandoned a few miles away from her home.

In March, volunteers searching in a wooded area for abandoned dogs discovered Espinoza’s partially clothed body in Southeast Dallas.

Authorities never revealed that Valdez was a suspect until now.

His relatives reported that they haven’t heard from him since January 4th. Espinoza’s family speculates that he fled to Mexico.

The suspect and the victim had two kids together, and Espinoza also has a third child. The children are in the custody of her mother.

Friends of the Dallas mother told the Fox affiliate they think it was Valdez who set the fire that destroyed Espinoza’s apartment, which forced her to move in with her ex.

The month she went missing, a coworker said that Valdez wanted to get back together with her, but she did not want to,

On December 4th, he made an appointment for a haircut at the salon that his ex-girlfriend worked at, under a false name so she wouldn’t see him. An anxious Espinoza cut his hair anyway, but the coworker said he “had a crazed look in his eyes.”

On December 12th, her home became engulfed in flames, forcing the mom, three children, her mother, and uncle to move in with the suspect.

Valdez had a prior history of domestic violence with an arrest stemming from a former girlfriend.

Authorities were also called to the Valdez home twice in two years because Espinoza said he assaulted her.

When he went missing, he was considered a “wanted fugitive” in a non-related robbery case. He also quit his job just before Espinoza’s disappearance.

“We need help finding the guy,” homicide investigator Chuck Young said.

Crime Stoppers is offering up to a $5,000 reward to anyone with information leading to an arrest and indictment. Tipsters can call 214-373-8477.

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