Arroyo being held in $100K bond

Mauricio Julian Cuellar Jr., Alice Echo-News Journal

The Nueces County Medical Examiner found that 28-year-old Courtney Arroyo, from Ingleside, died of strangulation and ruled her death a homicide.

Arroyo's body was discovered Tuesday evening after her husband Robert Arroyo, 51, turned himself in to Robstown Police and stated he had killed his wife and that her body was in the couple's SUV parked outside the station.

County Examiner's Office Chief Investigator Rick Ortiz said the time of death was after 10:45 a.m., which was when Courtney Arroyo was last seen alive.

Courtney Arroyo left the Victoria County Jail after serving time there for excessive traffic citations and paid a $305 fine, officials said.

During his interview with Robstown police, Arroyo said he traveled to Victoria to pick up his wife and admitted to killing her in Victoria County, Police Chief Carlos Pena said.

Investigators with the Victoria County Sheriff's Department have jurisdiction over the case and are currently searching for the location where the homicide took place, said Victoria County Sheriff T. Michael O'Connor in a press release Wednesday.

Their work is being done with the assistance of the Robstown police department.

Shortly before Arroyo picked up his wife from the county jail, Victoria Police stopped him and issued a citation for an invalid vehicle sticker, Sgt. Ralph Buentello with VPD said Wednesday.

Arroyo was arrested following preliminary questioning by Robstown police, and charged with murder.

He is currently being held at the Nueces County Jail, awaiting transport to Victoria County.

His bond was set early Wednesday for $100,000.