Police documents have revealed new developments in the case of a suspected serial killer in Texas, Raul Meza Jr., who had previously confessed to two murders in May. Investigators have found a potential gravesite and clothing during a recent search, raising the possibility of another connected case.
Raul Meza Jr. was apprehended and is currently being held at the Travis County Correction Complex in Austin, Texas, on murder charges related to the fatal stabbing of his roommate Jesse Fraga, 80, in May and the death of Gloria Lofton, 66, in 2019.
Following his arrest, Meza was dubbed a “serial killer” by the interim assistant city manager of Austin, and the Austin police began investigating possible links between him and unsolved murders dating back to the 1990s.
In March 2022, Meza had a run-in with the police in Pflugerville, just north of Austin. He was found bleeding on his face near a field and claimed to have given a ride to a woman. Subsequently, a search of the area led to the discovery of what appeared to be a gravesite with partially buried clothes and a tarp, though no human remains were found at that time.
Further scrutiny into Meza’s background revealed his involvement in a murder case where he was connected to the death of an 8-year-old girl named Kendra Page in 1982, leading to an 11-year prison sentence.
The breakthrough in the investigation came when Meza called the police in May, confessing to the fatal stabbing of Fraga and Lofton’s killing. The authorities linked DNA found at Lofton’s crime scene to Meza, confirming her cause of death as strangulation.
Meza’s criminal history spans nearly 50 years, including convictions for aggravated robbery and murder.
Authorities continue to investigate potential additional cases connected to Meza, and a search warrant has been granted to use a trained K-9 officer to detect human remains in the fields where Meza’s truck was located.
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As the investigation progresses, authorities remain vigilant, given Meza’s history and his own admission of planning more murders in the future.