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October 17, 2013

Sheriff: No motive yet in Rice murder-suicide

Corsicana — Authorities investigating a September murder-suicide that left five people dead are still trying to separate a Rice woman's possible motive from rumors about why she did it, Navarro County Sheriff Elmer Tanner said Thursday.

Weeks after Guadalupe Ronquillo-Ovalle's body was found in a home with her husband and three children, Tanner said his office is waiting for results on DNA testing before making a final determination on the case.

"There's a difference in something that can be substantiated or something that's just a whisper in the wind," Tanner told The Associated Press on Thursday. "I'm going to hold off on making any response to that until this investigation is complete and we have something that is rock solid that we can bring to light in reference to that, if ever."

A relative discovered the bodies of Ronquillo-Ovalle, 33-year-old Israel Alvarez and their three sons, ages 4, 8 and 10, in their home in Rice, about 40 miles southeast of Dallas.

Tanner said authorities have interviewed people in their efforts to determine why Ronquillo-Ovalle might have shot her family. He declined to say when authorities might close the case.

"We've had some conversations with some individuals that kind of support what a possible motive could be, but we have no confirmations," Tanner said.

Ronquillo-Ovalle was found with a self-inflicted gunshot wound, authorities said. Alvarez and three boys were all shot in the upper torso.

Alvarez was arrested Sept. 11 for a misdemeanor family violence charge after being accused of shoving Ronquillo-Ovalle, taking away her cellphone and removing the battery. He pleaded no contest to the charge and paid a fine.

A family friend, Maria Franco, has said Ronquillo-Ovalle and Alvarez visited her home a few days after Alvarez's arrest to talk about "normal problems" they were having. Franco said she didn't believe they were facing "anything dangerous."

 

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