Missing Midland mom’s blood found in car of suspect

Missing Midland mom’s blood found in car of suspect

MIDLAND COUNTY, TX (KWES) - The arrest affidavit of Juan Gonzales, 44, the man accused of murdering Kathy Lujan, 41, shed light on what may have led up to the murder.

The affidavit states Gonzales accused Lujan of having an affair, right before her disappearance.

During a search of the Gonzales's vehicle, officers did a chemical test for the presence of blood. The test came back positive and it was revealed to be Lujan's blood.

Gonzales admitted to police he loaded Lujan's dead body into his vehicle and dumped it in east Midland County.

Lujan was last seen May 11. Three days later she was reported missing by Gonzales.

The document says at the time he made the report Gonzales said he had accused Lujan of cheating on him.

Gonzales told law enforcement that was when Lujan left and didn't come back.

The affidavit goes on to say during the time of the investigation many co-workers came forward saying Lujan told them if anything happened to her, Gonzales did it and it would not be an accident.

Co-workers also said it was out of character for Lujan to leave her sons.

The investigation shows the morning of Lujan's disappearance, she confronted Gonzales about stolen money and forged checks. The document says Lujan then told Gonzales she was going to report him to the police.

Financial records show Gonzales started withdrawing money from the ATM starting the last day Lujan was seen and continued until both of their accounts were empty.

Midland police said after the investigation started Gonzales was in jail for credit card abuse and a federal parole violation.

That's when police started questioning him about Lujan's whereabouts.

Police said it is unclear how long Lujan's body was in the drainage ditch.

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