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Woman identified in Crews Street homicide, man jailed and charged with murder

Melissa Hernandez's family asked police to perform a welfare check after they hadn't heard from her in days, officials said. That's when her body was found.

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — The woman reportedly killed by 62-year-old Hector Davila in the 2400 block of Crews Street has been identified as Melissa Hernandez.

Davila was arrested Friday on murder charges after police were asked to perform a welfare check on the Crews Street home and found a woman's body, Corpus Christi police officials said Monday in a press release. 

Corpus Christi Police Department officers went to the home after family members said they had not heard from Hernandez in days, officials said. Family members told officers it was unusual for the 46-year-old to not contact them often. 

The man at the home would not let officers perform the welfare check, officials said, and that led officers to believe the woman was in danger.

A search warrant was issued for the home and Hernandez was found dead inside, the statement said. 

Davila was arrested and charged with murder, and was taken to the City Detention Center.

He previously has been imprisoned for murder, according to Nueces County criminal records. In 1992, Davila was convicted of murder and sentenced to 60 years in prison. He was transferred to the parole division's custody in 2013. 

Digital director Ana Tamez contributed to this developing story. Stay with 3NEWS for updates. 


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