Suspect arrested in 2016 killing of Houston woman; remains found in Plum Grove area

The skeletal remains of Esmeralda Pargas were found in a vacant lot on CR 3556 near Plum Grove in 2016, four weeks after she went missing in August 2016.

The Liberty County Sheriff’s Office has made an arrest in the murder of Esmeralda Pargas, who went missing in Houston in August 2016.

The suspect is Sabrina Olarosa Garcia, 41, of Houston. She was arrested at her home in Houston Tuesday, according to Capt. Ken DeFoor, spokesperson for the sheriff’s office.

Esmeralda Pargas disappeared in August 2016. Her remains were found four weeks later in the Plum Grove area.

Pargas, 42, was last seen on Aug. 2, 2016. Four weeks later, Liberty County Sheriff’s Office was alerted to a vacant lot on CR 3556 outside of Plum Grove where skeletal remains were recovered.

DNA testing later confirmed the identity of the remains as belonging to Pargas.

Garcia is in the Liberty County Jail, being held on the murder charge. Bond has not been set at this time.

DeFoor said this is an ongoing investigation. As of 3:15 p.m., a mug shot of the suspect was not available.

The Liberty County Sheriff’s Office was assisted in the arrest by the Joint East Texas Fugitive Task Force for the U.S. Marshal’s Office.

As new information is released, an update will be posted to Please check back later.

By Vanesa Brashier,



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