More than a month has elapsed since the murder of Karen Garcia, and Salvador Garcia Jr. – her ex-boyfriend, the father of her two-year-old daughter, and a suspect in her murder – remains at large.
The Colusa Police Department in conjunction with the United States Marshal’s Office are offering a reward of up to $5,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of Garcia Jr., Colusa Police Chief Josh Fitch announced on Tuesday.
Garcia Jr. hasn’t been seen since Saturday, Jan. 13, when he was present at a car tagging event in Williams. The event was held to raise awareness of Karen Garcia’s disappearance and to help bring her home.
Investigators believe that she was killed by Garcia Jr. on the day she was reported missing – Jan. 8 – which was also the day after her sister and four other Colusa County residents were killed by a wrong-way driver on Interstate 5.
The 21-year-old woman’s body was found in her car nearly a week later on Jan. 14, in a parking lot of a Marshall’s in Woodland. Investigators named Garcia Jr. as a suspect that night, and have been searching for him since.
“Nothing has changed, unfortunately,” Colusa Police Chief Josh Fitch said on Monday. “The U.S. Marshals are still involved in the investigation, and are actively pursuing leads as they come in. When something develops with them, they will let us know and we’ll forward the information from there.”
The last major update from law enforcement came on Jan. 19, when officials announced that they were searching for a black, 2011 Toyota Sienna van, with the license plate of 6NYB823, which they believed may be associated with Garcia Jr. It was reported stolen to the Williams Police Department on the afternoon of Jan. 19, and was entered into the law enforcement computer system as such. The stolen van has yet to turn up. ■