San Antonio Police have a suspect in jail more than two years after a woman’s disappearance aroused suspicion, searches, and an investigation.
Reyes Gallegos, 37, was arrested on the west side “without incident,” according to police. Authorities say he’s wanted for the murder of Cecilia Huerta Gallegos, who has been missing since July of this year. The arrest, according to SAPD spokeswoman Alisia Pruneda, was the product of “countless investigative hours” by investigators, who added that “these situations are incredibly complex.”
When asked if Gallegos’ body had been located, Pruneda refused to say yes or no, simply responding, “it’s one of those aspects we’re not really able to give any conclusiveness to.” Gallegos’ family and friends told KENS 5 in 2019 that the mother of four would not have parted ways without telling anyone, as volunteers explored Bexar County for her.
By September of this year, Gallegos’ family had assumed she was dead, and her husband had been named a person of interest in her disappearance, even though he had been imprisoned for allegedly making a false report in an unrelated incident. He was never named as a suspect in court.
Gallegos’ family recently informed KENS 5 that they have spent hundreds of hours searching the San Antonio area for signs of her over the last two years. Officials with the SAPD indicated as recently as early August that her disappearance was still being investigated as a missing person’s case.
Meriya Lopez, Cecilia’s sister, spoke with KENS 5 about her sister’s imprisonment. She claims the suspect has not spoken to them or sought to communicate with them since her sister vanished. She stated that the entire family had been looking forward to this day. Lopez said that “They (SAPD) did tell us that they have all the evidence. It took them two years to put together all the evidence. There’s not a day that we don’t miss her and a day that we pray to God that justice is served.”