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Family of Laura Garza to Get Her Remains

Woman's remains go home two years after her murder



    Family of Laura Garza to Get Her Remains
    Laura Garza, 25, went missing after leaving a Manhattan nightclub early Wednesday.

    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.