In a sad update to the case of missing NJ mom Karla Villagra-Garzon, Elizabeth Police have announced that they have discovered her remains in a Chatham Township residence that has been vacant since Superstorm Sandy. Reported missing on February 24 by her husband, there have been few details available about an ongoing search. Originally investigators said that Karla’s husband, Abayuba Rivas, was cooperating with the investigation, but word comes tonight that he has been arrested for first-degree murder. Bail has been set at 2 million dollars.
I find it particularly odd there are so few details available concerning this woman’s disappearance, especially considering more than a week has passed since she vanished. New Jersey investigators are looking into the case of a missing mother who walked out of her house about 10:30 p.m. last Monday, February 24. Her husband reported her missing the next morning when she hadn’t returned from picking up medicine for her sick two-year-old. Thirty-three-year-old mother Karla Villagra-Garzon left on foot from her home at the 800 block of East Jersey Street to make the trip to her local Walgreens only a few blocks away, at 600 Newark Ave. Surveillance footage does not show her ever arriving at the store. According to her husband, Abayuba, she was wearing a brown jacket, blue jeans, and black rain boots when she left the residence. Police say that Abayuba is cooperating with investigators. Villagra-Garzon is approximately five-feet tall, 120 pounds, with long black hair, and brown eyes.
If you have any information about Villagra-Garzon’s disappearance, you are advised to call the Elizabeth Police Communications Center at (908) 558-2111.