A tragic case of domestic violence has shocked the residents of Holbrook, Arizona, where a 54-year-old woman was allegedly killed by her estranged boyfriend and her body was found in the trunk of her car in California. The suspect, a 34-year-old man, was arrested and charged with murder after a family disturbance led the police to discover the victim’s body.
Who was Christi Romero?
Christi Lynn Romero was a loving and caring woman who had four children and seven grandchildren. She lived in a mobile home trailer at 201 East Iowa Space #2 in Holbrook, Arizona. She had been in a relationship with Richard Paul Rodriguez, a 34-year-old man who had moved in with her a few months ago. However, the relationship turned sour and Romero filed an order of protection against Rodriguez on November 2, 2023, after he allegedly assaulted her. The police served the order and evicted Rodriguez from the trailer, who then moved into a shelter for unhoused people.
Disappearance and Discovery of Body
On November 6, 2023, Romero was reported missing by her family, who had not heard from her since the previous day. The police responded to her trailer and found evidence of forced entry and signs of a struggle. Romero’s car, a 1995 Plymouth Neon, was also missing. The police issued a nationwide Attempt to Locate (ATL) bulletin for Romero, Rodriguez, and the car. They also tracked Rodriguez’s cellphone location data, which indicated that he had driven to California on Interstate 10. Gas station surveillance video showed Rodriguez in the car, but no sign of Romero.
On November 8, 2023, the police in Huntington Beach, California, received a 911 call from Rodriguez’s father, who reported a family disturbance at his residence in the 17000 block of Friml Lane. Rodriguez had arrived at his parents’ home with Romero’s car and told his father not to open the trunk. The police arrived and searched the car, where they found Romero’s body in the trunk. She had been dead for several days.
Arrest of Suspect
The police arrested Rodriguez and booked him on one count of murder. He is currently in custody in California, awaiting extradition to Arizona. The police said that Rodriguez could face additional charges, such as kidnapping, burglary, aggravated assault, and vehicle theft. The motive for the murder is still under investigation, but the police suspect that it was related to the order of protection and the domestic violence history between the couple.
The death of Romero has shocked and saddened her family, friends, and community. They described her as the heart of their family and a kind and generous person. They also expressed their anger and grief over the brutal and senseless crime that took her life. They are demanding justice for Romero and hope that Rodriguez will be held accountable for his actions.
The case has also raised awareness about the issue of domestic violence and the need for more resources and support for the victims. According to the Arizona Coalition to End Sexual and Domestic Violence, one in four women and one in seven men in Arizona have experienced domestic violence in their lifetime. The coalition also reported that 108 people were killed in domestic violence-related incidents in Arizona in 2020, and 28 people have been killed so far in 2023.
The murder of Christi Romero is a tragic and horrific example of the dangers and consequences of domestic violence. The police have arrested and charged her estranged boyfriend, Richard Rodriguez, with the crime, and are continuing to investigate the case. Romero’s family and community are mourning her loss and seeking justice for her. The case has also highlighted the need for more awareness and prevention of domestic violence in Arizona and across the country.