Suspect Arrested After Texas Mom of 4 Is Found Dead in Trunk

The body of 24-year-old Angela Leann Mitchell was found last month in the trunk of a vehicle parked for days in Texas City

Angela Leeann Mitchell
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Authorities have arrested a man and charged him with crimes relating to the death of a Texas mom, whose body was found in the trunk of a vehicle last month.

Christopher Lee Maldonado was arrested Friday during a traffic stop in Texas City, Texas, and faces charges of tampering/fabricating physical evidence with intent to impair (human corpse) as well as an unrelated assault charge, according to a news release from the city's police department.

Officials consider Maldonado a suspect in the suspicious death of 24-year-old Angela Leann Mitchell, according to KHOU-TV, though Texas City police said in the release that the investigation is ongoing.

Christopher Maldonado
Texas City Police Department

Mitchell — a mom of four — was last seen by a friend on May 5 in Texas City, a town about 14 miles outside of Galveston, PEOPLE previously reported.

Mitchell's body was found in the trunk of a vehicle that was parked in a neighborhood for days, after someone called 911 to report the smell of what they believed to be a decomposing body.

Authorities haven't yet released a cause of death for Mitchell, whose mother first reported her missing after not hearing from her daughter for 24 hours in early May.

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At the time, Georgia Mitchell alleged authorities did not prioritize her daughter's disappearance.

"I just wanted to find my baby. I just wanted somebody to help me, and nobody was helping me," she told KHOU.

Speaking previously to KTRK-TV, Mitchell said her daughter "didn't deserve for someone to take her life. She's not a bad person."

Maldonado is currently being held at the Galveston County Jail. A judge set his bond at $200,000.

It wasn't immediately clear if Maldonado retained an attorney or entered a plea.

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