Body Found Near Murfreesboro Is Missing Woman

Posted at 9:12 AM, Dec 09, 2016
and last updated 2016-12-09 17:52:27-05

A body has been discovered in Rutherford County, and officials confirmed it was identified as a missing woman.

Officials with the Murfreesboro Police Department said the body was found by sheriff’s deputies Thursday afternoon.

The remains were discovered just outside the city near Elam Mill Road. 

The circumstances surrounding the person’s death were not released; however, authorities said it was that of 33-year-old Francisca Gomez-Cordero who had been reported missing from her apartment in the 1600 block of Cypress Drive.

Authorities had identified the suspect as 47-year-old Romolo Hernandez-Mayo, also known as Romulo Hernandez-Mayorga.

According to reports, Hernandez-Mayo was wanted on a nationwide extradition warrant for theft of the victim’s vehicle. He’s also wanted for questioning about the victim’s disappearance.

Friday, authorities confirmed an arrest warrant for first-degree murder had been issued for Hernandez-Mayo.

Anyone with information on Hernandez-Mayo's whereabouts has been urged to call Crime Stoppers at 615-893-7867. It's believed he fled from Tennessee. Reports on Thursday said he may be headed to Mexico.

Gomez-Cordero's body was recovered and sent to the Medical Examiner’s Office, where an autopsy was set to be performed.