|Death: ||Mar. 29, 2009|
Arlington Police are investigating the death of a 13-year old girl whose body was found by her mother Monday morning.
Elizabeth Villa's mother told police she tried to wake her daughter around 7:20 am but she was not breathing.
Police say they don't believe the death was natural or a suicide but they would not elaborate on what spurred their suspicions. Officers are waiting on the results of an autopsy to determine the cause of death.
Meantime, the Arlington school district sent grief counselors to nearby Hutcheson Junior High School today, where Villa was a student.
Police say they have no suspects but are interviewing family and friends to try to determine where Villa was the previous night and what may have led to her death.
A 24-year-old man was arrested Wednesday night in the strangulation and rape of 13-year-old Elizabeth Villa in her bedroom Sunday night, police reported.
Rodrigo Sanchez, who lives in the same apartment complex in the 2000 block of Cherry Drive, was in the Arlington Jail late Wednesday with bail set at $1 million.
He faces a capital murder charge, according to the police Web site.
It was the first time police disclosed the cause of the seventh-grader's death since she was found Monday morning by her mother.
The window to her ground-floor room had been opened, and an armoire in front of the window had been pushed away, according to the arrest-warrant affidavit.
Palm prints and fingerprints were found on the window and frame and on the armoire, investigators wrote in the affidavit.
The prints led police to Sanchez, who has a criminal record, said Lt. Blake Miller, a police spokesman. Details of his record could not be learned late Wednesday.
Detectives got a warrant about 8 p.m. and arrested Sanchez at the complex about 9 p.m., Miller said.
The Villa family doesn't know Sanchez, Miller said. Neither Emma Villa, Elizabeth's mother, nor her brother recognized Sanchez in a photo lineup, according to the affidavit.
The mother and brother were in other rooms of the apartment when Elizabeth Villa was killed, Miller said.
Created by: cahaden
Record added: Apr 02, 2009
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