FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: February 19, 2019

TCSO Makes Arrest in Homicide Case

At approximately 2:28 PM on July 11, 2018 deputies responded to the 9800 block of Blocker Lane in South-East Travis County to investigate a suspicious odor. Deputies located a deceased person just off of the roadway. The decedent was positively identified as Johnny Cardenas, 31 of Austin.

Today, deputies arrested Stephanie Marie Ray, 33 of Del Valle and charged her with Tampering with or Fabricating Physical Evidence. Detectives have evidence leading them to conclude the crime scene was cleaned and the decedent’s body removed in an effort to conceal the crime from law enforcement.

Cardenas was in a relationship with Stephanie Ray at the time of his death and is


Submitted By: Kristen Dark, Sr. Public Information Officer (512) 854-4986

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