Arlington police seek help in finding person of interest in October slaying

Evila Yanes, 44, was found dead Oct. 30, and authorities are looking for the man she had been dating.

Arlington police are seeking the public’s help finding a man they think may be connected to the slaying of a 44-year old woman in October.

At a news conference Wednesday, authorities identified 44-year-old Jose Luis Moreno Castaneda — who had been in a relationship with Evila Yanes — as a person of interest in the case.

Arlington police responded to the 400 block of North Cooper Street — just a block from the city’s police headquarters — about 4:10 a.m. Oct. 30 after a passerby reported an unresponsive woman in a parking lot. First responders found her face down and bleeding from a head injury.

The woman, identified as Yanes, was pronounced dead at the scene. The Tarrant County medical examiner’s office determined her death was a homicide caused by blunt force trauma to her head.

She was found next to a white Nissan Altima with temporary tags, and police said they believe she was either driving or riding in the vehicle before her death.

“In the weeks since then, our homicide unit has worked diligently on this case,” Deputy Chief Kyle Dishko, who oversees the department’s central investigation division, said Wednesday. “We are asking for the public’s assistance in helping us with the case.”

Police are searching for a person of interest in the death of 44-year old Evila Yanes.
Police are searching for a person of interest in the death of 44-year old Evila Yanes.(Courtesy of the Yanes family)

Police said during the news conference that Moreno Castaneda and Yanes were in a “lengthy dating relationship.”

The two were last seen together on surveillance footage at a grocery store Oct. 29, just hours before Yanes’ body was discovered, Detective Krystallyne Robinson said.

Police said Moreno Castaneda is on probation for a 2021 domestic violence incident against Yanes in which he threw gasoline on her and assaulted her. His whereabouts are unknown, but Dishko said he is believed to be in the Dallas-Fort Worth area or to have returned to Mexico, where he is from.

“The Arlington Police Department has exhausted all of our leads in attempt to locate Mr. Moreno Castaneda,” he said. “This is why we are turning to the media and the public for assistance.”

Yanes’ family said in a written statement that her two grandchildren continue to ask about her.

“The days since her death have been very hard for us and will only get more difficult with the holidays approaching,” the family said. “We need justice.”

GoFundMe page says Yanes was the mother of five children.

Anyone with information may contact Robinson at 817-459-5935. Anonymous tips can be made to Tarrant County Crime Stoppers at 817-469-8477.

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