Missing Woman's Body Found Inside Hotel Bed Frame, Went Unnoticed for Three Days

The body of a missing woman was discovered last week inside a hotel bed frame in Austin, Texas.

The corpse of San Juana Macias, 40, apparently went unnoticed for three days at the Rodeway Inn off Highway 290, despite both housekeeping staff and detectives having entered the room.

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The body of San Juana Macias was discovered inside a hotel room mattress in Austin, Texas. San Juana Macias @ Facebook

Jamie Wingwood, 40, has been arrested after confessing to the murder, according to an affidavit. Wingwood and Macias dated on and off for about three years, family members say, but were not currently involved.

Macias' daughter Andrea Tealer claimed Wingwood threatened to kill her right before she went missing on July 5: "He basically told her on Fourth of July that he was going to—you know she had so many hours to live that he was going to kill her," Tealer told CBS Austin.

According to the affidavit, the same day Macias disappeared, Wingwood's sister called police concerned her brother had killed his girlfriend. She claimed he sent her a text message reading "I love you always. I'm fixing to be gone for forever. I really f***ed up this time. I'm leaving town. Right now."

The Austin Police Department put an alert out for Wingwood's Honda Accord, which was spotted near Beaumont, Texas, on July 9. Wingwood fled the scene, leading authorities on a car chase into Louisiana that ended in a crash.

After being apprehended, Wingwood reportedly confessed to killing Macias and told detectives he left her body in room 219 at the Rodeway Inn. Both APD officers and Texas Rangers searched the room, but could not find the missing woman. Wingwood allegedly whispered to a detective that investigators should "look under the mattress in the box."

That's where Macias' body was found, wrapped in a fitted bedsheet inside the frame. It had obvious head and face trauma, according to authorities, who are waiting for an official report and identification by the Travis County Medical Examiner's Office.

"The bed frame was constructed in a manner that created a box on the top of which the box spring and mattress sat on," police said. "Under the box spring and mattress was a void created by the frame of the box and is where the victim was located."

A GoFundMe campaign has been started to cover funeral costs for Macias, a mother of six.

Wingwood currently faces counts of aggravated assault and tampering with a corpse. He's also been charged with reckless operation of a vehicle, hit-and-run driving, and flight from an officer in conjunction with the chase, the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office said.

It's unclear if any guests stayed in room 219 after the body was deposited there.

In April, unidentified skeletal remains were discovered beneath a mattress in a vacant apartment in Houston. The body, believed to be connected to an ongoing missing-person case, was wrapped in cloth and trapped between the mattress and box spring.

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