NEW DETAILS: Police identify Austin woman found dead, man charged in her homicide


6 p.m. update: Police have identified the woman found dead in Southeast Austin on Thursday and have charged a man in her killing.

Police found 54-year-old Patricia Campos dead inside her home in the 5400 block of La Loma Lane around noon. 

Jose Israel Amaya, 39, was arrested Friday and charged with murder.

Earlier: Austin police said they intend to file murder charges against a man who was detained at an eastern Travis County home where a woman was found dead Thursday evening.

Police said they received a tip at around noon on Thursday from a man who said an acquaintance of his claimed to have killed his wife two days earlier. 

Officers got the man’s name and address and on Thursday posted surveillance teams around the house, which is located in the 5400 block of La Loma Lane, in the Oak Ranch mobile home community, police said.

A call to the woman’s employer revealed she had not shown up to work in two days, authorities said. Police said they obtained a search warrant and sent a SWAT team to the house, where a man surrendered and was detained by authorities.

Officers found a woman dead when they entered the home, police said.

An autopsy will determine the cause and manner of death, officials said. Police are investigating the death as suspicious and said they intend to file a charge of first-degree felony murder on Friday. 

The man was not identified Friday and the woman’s name will not be released until next of kin are notified, police said.


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