DENVER CITY, TX (KCBD) – An accused killer is still on the loose after the 2009 Denver City murder of Veronica Esquivel Romero, 29. Now the victim's family is asking for your help in raising the reward money to capture him.
Maria Esquivel broke into her sister's house at 212 E. 10th Street to check on her, and found Veronica's body in the front bedroom. "She was laying on the floor semi covered," said Esquivel. "She had been there awhile already - at least a day."
Esquivel called the police, and realized her sister's husband, Mario Molina Romero, was gone. Police shared her concern, noting his history of family violence. "A warrant for his arrest for murder was issued through Yoakum County," said Denver City Police Chief Jack D. Miller, in October 2009.
The next day, police issued an Amber Alert for the Romero's 3-year-old son, Mitchell. However, police canceled the alert four days later, to focus their investigation more on the death of the boy's mother. Mitchell's disappearance was then reassigned as a missing persons case, but gained national attention after CNN host, Nancy Grace, featured the search for Mitchell on her show.
In November 2009, there was a tragic development in the case. KCBD NewsChannel 11 learned Mitchell died in a traffic accident in Ojinaga, Mexico. Reports stated that Mitchell was traveling with other family members, not his father. Their itinerary was not clear, however there was some indication that those family members may have been bringing Mitchell back to the United States.
The Esquivel Family has set up an account at West Texas National Bank in Seminole and Denver City under the name "Juanita Esquivel/Veronica Esquivel's Reward Fund." They are raising reward money for information leading to the whereabouts and capture of Mario Romero, who may be residing somewhere in the Mexican state of Chihuahua.
To report information about Mario Romero, you are urged to call the Denver City Police.
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