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Karla Villagra-Garzon-Abayuba Rivas: Elizabeth, NJ., mother found dead timeline

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CBS News is reporting today that the body of a 32-year-old New Jersey mother has been found in a vacant house in a seedy area of town in Chatham Township. Police say Karla Villagra-Garzon disappeared from her Elizabeth home on February 23 and has not been heard from since that time. Her husband, who aided in the search for her, has been arrested and charged with first-degree murder.

Here is how the missing mom murder case unfolded

Sunday, February 23

Karla Villagra-Garzon argues with her husband Abayuba Rivas and abruptly leaves her East Jersey Street home on foot.

According to Rivas, at around 10:30 p.m., Karla Villagra-Garzon walked to buy medicine for her two-year-old child at the local Walgreens Pharmacy but never returned.

Days After Her Murder

Abayuba Rivas contacts Elizabeth police and files a missing person's report.

The police investigation turns up no leads on Karla Willagra-Garzon's whereabouts. She goes missing for the next 4 weeks.

In a television interview with WABC-TV News, Rivas states that he and his wife were having marital issues. He also tells reporters the two had an argument shortly before she left.

Rivas helped hang missing flyer's posters and helped search for his missing wife.

A surveillance video from the Walgreen's shows no sign of Karla Villagra-Garzon.

Police become suspicious of Rivas and begin doubting his story.

March 4

Police ask for the public's help in finding the missing mother, according to

Tuesday, March 18

Karla Villagra-Garzon's body is found in a vacant house on Southern Boulevard in Chatham Township, investigator's say.

An autopsy conducted by the Union County Medical Examiner indicates the New Jersey woman died from blunt force trauma and strangulation.

Police arrest her husband 39-year-old Abayuba Rivas and charge him with first-degree murder.

Today's update in the case of Karla Villagra-Garzon and Abayuba Rivas

Abayuba Rivas is being held on $2 million dollar's bail.

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