Woman found dead under concrete slab may have been victim of domestic violence

South Texas Crime Stories: Trial for Dedra Salinas’ death in late ‘90s could resume soon

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SAN ANTONIO – In the latest installment of South Texas Crime Stories, KSAT dives into the story of a San Antonio woman whose skeletal remains were found back in the late 1990s.

Once a happily married couple, 26-year-old Dedra Salinas and 35-year-old Roy Hernandez shared a home on the South Side of town.

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However, things took a dark turn in 1999 when the woman’s family reported her missing.

It wasn’t until about seven years later in February 2006 that investigators received a tip and found her body behind the couple’s home in the 200 block of Cantrell.

That’s where her remains were found under a makeshift concrete slab in the couple’s backyard.

Unfortunately, a cause of death could not be determined, but it was ruled a homicide because of the way her body was disposed of.

Police say they suspect domestic violence may have led to her death.

Her husband, Hernandez, was questioned by police but the case went cold due to lack of evidence.

That is until 2017, when investigators noticed inconsistencies in Hernandez’s police statements.

The district attorney’s office eventually collected enough evidence to convince a grand jury to indict Hernandez.

He was arrested in 2017 and currently faces a murder charge in connection with Salinas’ death.

Hernandez maintains his innocence until this day.

After waiting 21 years, Salinas’ mother says she now looks forward to finding justice for a woman described as selfless and always ready to help others.

If jury trials resume, Hernandez’s trial could begin this November.

Find more information, news and resources about domestic violence on KSAT’s Loving in Fear page.

About the Authors:

Roslyn Jimenez is a news producer at KSAT. Before joining the team, she was a producer and video editor at KIII-TV and a radio intern in Corpus Christi. She graduated from Del Mar College with an Associate's degree in political science and liberal arts. Roslyn is family-oriented and loves spending time with her fiancé and chihuahua Paco.

Erica Hernandez is an Emmy award-winning journalist with 15 years of experience in the broadcast news business. Erica has covered a wide array of stories all over Central and South Texas. She's currently the court reporter and cohost of the podcast Texas Crime Stories.