For three days, Yanira Caballero's family had neither seen nor heard from the 32-year-old Northeast resident.
On Monday, the family discovered why.
Yanira's body was found hanging in a closet in her Northeast El Paso home. Her death was allegedly caused by a man she trusted, family members said Tuesday.
Yanira's father, Victor Caballero, had last heard from his daughter on Friday afternoon, he said. He spoke to her over the telephone, and she promised him she would visit him and her mother, Carmen Caballero, after work later that day to talk about Brown.
Yanira's parents had accused Brown of stealing their credit cards and using them, Victor Caballero said. Brown was also sspected of stealing a television, pawning it and pocketing the money.
Yanira had promised to pay back $200 of what her husband owed, but she never showed up at the Caballeros' Central El Paso home. Nor
did she attend her parents' cookout on Saturday.
"I had told her, 'Mija, be careful,' " Victor Caballero said, his eyes moist from tears but his face red with anger. "I had a feeling something was wrong. I can't believe he killed her."
On Tuesday, Brown was still in Las Cruces and had not been extradited to El Paso, where he is wanted on a murder charge.
Bond is expected to be set at $1 million.
El Paso County Court records show Brown was charged four times between 2005 and 2011 with various counts of theft. In 1999, he was charged with burglary of a building. Last month, state prosecutors filed a motion to revoke his probation stemming from a charge last year of theft of property over $1,500 and under $20,000.
Tuesday afternoon, several of Yanira's friends and relatives gathered at the Caballeros' home to sort through photos and talk about their memories of Yanira, who leaves behind a 16-year-old daughter, Alexis Renee Frausto.
Yanira, who attended Riverside High School, had been going to truck-driving school and also working at a call center, family members said.
They voiced their anger at Brown, at times accusing him of abusing Yanira's credit cards as recently as Friday night, when he allegedly went out partying
Family members spoke about Yanira Caballero, whose pictures were placed in a coffee table in her parent's Central El Paso Home Tuesday. with a friend. Yanira's family believes she might have already been dead by that time.
Her mother said that after they had not heard from her for several days, they decided to visit her home Monday evening to check on her. They noticed her dogs had no water and had not been fed, so they entered the home with the help of Yanira's landlord.
A friend of Yanira's, who accompanied family members to the home, found her in a small closet. Her mouth and nose were covered with duct tape and her hands were bound. Family members said they were told by investigators that Yanira had died of asphyxia.
Another friend, Edgar Gonzalez, said he grew up with her and considered her a sister, even though they weren't related.
He said her death was a "shock to everybody."