After 3 Years on the Run, Murder Suspect Finally Apprehended

GLADSTONE, Missouri — Jose Eduardo Dominguez Garcia, the suspect in the 2020 murder of a Sauk County woman, has been apprehended in a suburban area northeast of Kansas City, Missouri. The arrest occurred after a traffic stop where Garcia drove a Ford Fusion with a stolen registration. His capture came three years after he went on the run, and he is now expected to face trial for his crimes.

During the traffic stop, an officer from the Gladstone Police Department noticed the stolen registration on Garcia’s vehicle using an automated license plate reader. Upon further investigation, it was discovered that Garcia possessed multiple identification cards with different names. Police took him into custody without incident.

Garcia was initially charged in December 2021 in Chippewa County for the first-degree intentional homicide of 24-year-old Rosaly “Cindy” Chavarria Rodriguez, who was also pregnant at the time of her disappearance. Additionally, he faced charges of hiding a corpse, leading to a warrant for his arrest.

Rodriguez, originally from Peru, went missing in July 2020 while working in the Wisconsin Dells area. Her remains were discovered three months later in a purple suitcase on an abandoned farm in the Town of Wheaton, outside of Eau Claire. Despite the case remaining unidentified for a year, investigators positively identified Rodriguez’s remains using DNA profiles.

Garcia is currently being held in Clay County jail as the extradition process to Wisconsin is set to begin. Once the necessary formalities are completed, he will be transferred to Wisconsin to stand trial for the murder of Rosaly “Cindy” Chavarria Rodriguez.