DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – The body of a woman found wrapped in a plastic tarpaulin on the side of a Dallas street was recently identified as Juanita Rodriguez. Today, police arrested the man he said killed him.
The Dallas Police Department’s murder detectives have arrested Clinton Smith. The 65-year-old specialist is currently being held in a Dallas County jail.
On April 20, Rodriguez’s body was found in Dallas, in the 3,000th block of South Ledbetter Drive. Police initially called the death unexplained, but after an autopsy determined that the 54-year-old woman had died of a gunshot wound, the method of death was changed to murder and the hunt for her killer began.
Rodriguez’s family said he went missing in Duncanville on April 18. While the woman told police she left home on April 15 and did not return, family members also said Rodriguez had left and disappeared for days.
A day after the family contacted authorities, Dallas police contacted the Duncanville Police Department to let them know that Rodriguez’s car had been found abandoned in their hometown along Navy Avenue. Concerns about Rodriguez grew after police learned he had not been to work for several days. That’s when Rodriguez was added to the database of missing persons.
As for the arrest, Dallas police said only Smith was arrested and is in custody. Officials have not yet said whether he and Rodriguez knew each other or how they did it, or the motive for the killing.
No bond was set for Smith on Friday morning.
Dallas police have arrested Clinton Smith for the murder of a woman found on a tarpaulin
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