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Man questioned in death of missing woman

Officials: Michael Lewis Arce, 30, last seen with Vivian Cases, 30, before her disappearance

SEGUIN, Texas – A body found Thursday afternoon in Seguin is that of a woman reported missing since Monday, Seguin police said.

Seguin police said Vivan Cases, 30, was last seen in the 700 block of Braden Street.

Police investigators said she and Michael Lewis Arce, 30, were involved in an argument. Both left that location before police arrived.

Later that day, Cases' father called police and reported that his daughter was missing and that it was unusual for her not to contact him.

Arce was found later and arrested on a charge of assault on a family member.

Cases' remains were found near downtown Seguin Thursday at the intersection of Sunset and Seidemann, Seguin police said.

"We felt that this was strange that they had been in a disturbance and nobody has heard from her since, so we started searching the area," said Seguin Police Sgt. James. "We had the DPS helicopter come out, we broke our CID division into teams."

On Thursday afternoon, police located something unusual in a brushy area off of Seidemann and Sunset, just down the street from where Cases was last seen.

"In an area around the brush line, next to the railroad tracks, a disturbed area was located, a mound," said Springer. "But it was different from the surrounding ground."

Texas State Forensics uncovered a body there, which police later confirmed was that of Cases.

"Her height seems to be about the same," said Springer. "And she has some markings,  such as tattoos on her body, that (her father) has been able to let us know that it does match."

Monica Navarro said she saw Cases and Arce walking around the neighborhood all the time and that she was shocked to find out what happened.

"We're just surprised," said Navarro. "We just live right across the tracks."

"I feel sorry for the grandparents," said Audrey Davila, a neighbor. "I see the grandparents all the time. They're very nice people."

Police arrested Arce on Thursday on a charge of assault/family violence, but they are now questioning him in connection with Cases' death.


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