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Missing Woman Found Killed in Vacant Chatham Home

Elizabeth man charged with first-degree murder in death of his wife.

An Elizabeth woman who went missing last month was found dead Tuesday in a vacant Chatham Township home, the Union County Prosecutor's Office said.

The body of Karla Jose Villagra Garzon, 32, was found by police late Tuesday night in a vacant Southern Boulevard home. An autopsy conducted Wednesday revealed she died from asphyxiation and blunt-force trauma, the prosecutor's office said.

Her husband, Abayuba Rivas, 39, of Elizabeth, has been charged with first-degree murder and other offenses related to her death, the prosecutor's office said. Bail has been set at $2 million.

Rivas reported his wife missing the morning after she disappeared on the night of Feb. 23, the prosecutor's office said. Garzon, a mother of a 2-year-old child, left the couple's East Jersey Street home in Elizabeth to walk to a nearby pharmacy and never returned, according to the prosecutor's office.

The Elizabeth Police, Union County Homicide Task Force and the New Jersey State Police Missing Persons Unit conducted an investigation into her disappearance that led to Rivas as a prime suspect, the prosecutor's office said.

The investigation remains ongoing. Anyone with information can contact Union County Prosecutor's Office Detective Danika Ramos at 908-965-3807.
J March 20, 2014 at 08:09 AM
Oh, and we also need to be thankful to our community volunteers and the police force.
Julles51 March 20, 2014 at 08:53 AM
How in the world did the husband know about a vacant house in Chatham? I guess now that its out there that we have little crime in CT, the criminal will be thinking to themselves "we'll just see about that!!"
Julles51 March 20, 2014 at 08:55 AM
Side note: who in CT is practicing shooting in their yards? (Someone told me they hear gunfire all the time) Can I come over?
Chatham Examiner March 20, 2014 at 10:33 AM
Chatham no longer safe, word is out to criminals in Newark, take a short drive down 78 and right off the exit you have access to all the riches you could imagine. You can also stop by the mall to get a neew free car or to an easy smash and dash in a jewelry store. PS - if anyone stops you say you are selling candy, magazines or assorted items for youth sports group.
Lily Tejada March 20, 2014 at 05:54 PM
Apparently he also had been in custody for other charges so that gives you an idea of the kind of scumbag he is, more info here http://dailyentertainmentnews.com/tv/abayuba-rivas-karla-villagra-garzon-husband-killer/

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