A Greenbelt mother who was reported missing by her family on April 21, 2014 has been found stabbed to death inside her car just a few yards from her Greenbelt townhouse.
According to George Mathews, spokesperson for Greenbelt City Police Department, Greenbelt City police department investigators were in the area of Frankfort Drive around 4 p.m. Friday near Eleanor Roosevelt High School when they located the body of Emilia Arabelly Ingacio, 28 inside her 2007 Nissan Altima suffering from multiple stab wounds to her upper body.
Mathews tells the Sentinel that they believe they have the murder weapon, a folding pocket knife found in the car.
Ingacio was a mother of a one-year-old son and an 11-year-old daughter and worked in Virginia as an immigration count interpreter. She was due to graduate from the University of Maryland in May with a degree in legal studies. Her aim was to become a lawyer to give legal help to the immigrant community.
After an extensive investigation, late Saturday afternoon Greenbelt City Police issued an arrest warrant for 34-year-old Juan Miguel Roman of Mexico, charging him with first-degree murder along with other charges.
Family members say Ignacio was last seen heading off for work early Tuesday morning. She had a date that night with Roman.
The family said later there were cryptic text messages from Roman indicating Ignacio might be in danger. As of early Wednesday, they say, Roman was not answering his cell phone.
"He didn't seem violent around the family, we can say that," says Elizabeth Ignacio. "But we never expected anything like this would happen."
"It's a tragedy. A woman with kids, they're not going to know their mom, so it's terrible," said Mathews
Mathews tells the Sentinel that Roman is described as a Hispanic man, and is about 5 feet 5 inches tall and weighs around 170 pounds. He has black hair and brown eyes and is driving a 2005 Red Jeep Cherokee, with Maryland plates '1AG 9751'.