Family of Laura Garza to Get Her Remains

Woman's remains go home two years after her murder

Tuesday, Feb 22, 2011  |  Updated 9:04 AM EDT
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Family of Laura Garza to Get Her Remains

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Laura Garza, 25, went missing after leaving a Manhattan nightclub early Wednesday.

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The remains of a slain New York City woman will be returned to her family in Texas, more than two years after authorities say she was killed by an upstate man she met at a Manhattan nightclub.

     A relative of 25-year-old Laura Garza tells the Times Herald-Record of Middletown that her remains will be taken to a funeral home in Port Jervis for cremation later this week. Garza's ashes will be sent to her hometown of McAllen, Texas.
    
Garza's remains were found in a field outside Scranton, Pa., last April. Pennsylvania authorities issued a death certificate for the Brooklyn woman last week.
    
Investigators say Garza was last seen with 25-year-old Michael Mele, a registered sex offender from Wallkill in Orange County. He has been charged with murdering Garza and is being held in the county jail.

He has pleaded not guilty.
 

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