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Unsolved Murder Spotlight: Esmeralda Herrera

Esmeralda Herrera. Family photo.

In early March, 2011, 30-year-old Esmeralda Herrera was found dead in her San Antonio home. Her second story apartment was on fire, and fire investigators called the blaze suspicious. Authorities told relatives, who called the deceased woman Emmy, that she’d been tied up. An affidavit stated that Herrera was dead before the fire started; ligature marks were found on her neck and wrists.

In April, an arrest was made in the case. Based on phone records, DNA evidence found on a beer can in Herrera’s kitchen, and hair and fibers collected from the scene, authorities arrested Jose Baldomero Flores III, 30. He was charged with one count of murder. According to the affidavit, Herrera and Flores were involved in a relationship. On the night of her death, Herrera reportedly left a friend’s and headed home to clean up before Flores came over. Around 12:30 a.m, a neighbor reported hearing a woman scream.

Jose Flores. Police photo.

In June, the Bexar County district attorney’s office dropped the charge against Flores. He continues to be the main suspect in the case, and authorities say the charge could be brought against him again after additional forensic testing. “The police investigation is still active and no one should be under the belief that this case is stalled,” said assistant Bexar County District Attorney Cliff Herberg after announcing that the charge against Flores had been dropped.

Since then, there have been no announcements made regarding the case.


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