According to an arrest affidavit written by Leo Martinez and released by the Aransas Pass police department, Lawrence Mireles was texting Jenna Hernandez and was in Aransas Pass near the time of her death.
Hernandez was a 16-year-old girl found dead by a man fishing on Stedman Island, which is located between Aransas Pass and Port Aransas next to Redfish Bay. The body was discovered at the grassy, sandy area behind the Fin and Feather RV Park.
According to the affidavit, Hernandez left her home about 1 a.m. Tuesday, June 26 and told her sister she was going to meet up with Mireles. She did not return the next day and her mother, reported her missing.
Officers began a search for Hernandez, an officer went to Mireles’ home to question him, but he ran out the back door and into some brush and evaded the officer. The next morning two officers went to a home in the 1400 block of McCampbell where they again found Mireles.
About an hour later Hernandez’ body was found on Stedman Island in Aransas Pass.
The complaint stated that, according to Mireles, he had been texting Hernandez but was unable to meet up with her. He stayed in Rockport at a graduation party instead.
A witness stated that Mireles confessed that he was drunk and under the influence of Xanax and was walking with Hernandez. He said he let her walk in front of him and then shot her, after she fell to the ground, Mireles took off running.
According to cell phone records Hernandez and Mireles were texting each other until 12:49 a.m. Hernandez last used her cell phone at 2:26 a.m.
Mireles’ phone records show his phone was used in Rockport and then in Aransas Pass. It used the Hwy 35 cell phone tower and then both sides of the Wilson tower. The Wilson tower is on Commercial Street in Aransas Pass.
According to Martinez in the complaint, “The phone records place Lawrence Mireles and Jenna Hernandez in the same geographical location at the same time frame.”
His complaint ended, “Lawrence Mireles shot Jenna Hernandez with a gun, causing her death.”