HPD: Missing woman’s boyfriend charged with murder after blood found in victim’s car

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HOUSTON — A man accused of murdering his missing 26-year-old girlfriend could be overseas after the victim's car was found abandoned and its interior stained with dried blood in a warehouse area of southeast Houston, police said.

Karen Ramirez was reported missing March 24 after she left for a dinner date with her boyfriend, 27-year-old Miguel Angel Buezo, at the La Playita Bar and Grill. Investigators suspect Buezo later got into a fight at the club and the couple left.

Neighbors witnessed Buezo and Ramirez arguing in the driveway of the couple's home in the 7400 block of Lakehurst Drive the following morning between 3 a.m. and 5 a.m, police said. The couple was standing next to Ramirez' small red car.

Court documents quote Buezo yelling at Ramirez and saying, "Ya callate, y calmate. Te voy tirar unos balazos como el que te tire la otra vez! (Shut up, and calm down. I'm going to shoot at you like I shot at you the other time!)"

Buezo, wearing just his underwear, was allegedly seen walking back and forth between the victim's car and his house later in the morning.

Investigators said Buezo then went to the home of his estranged wife, who he has been married to since 2011, and told her he needed help. Buezo told the wife his mother was sick, and he was flying to Honduras to see her, court records said. She asked Buezo if Ramirez would be joining him, and he said no because they had an argument.

According to court documents, the wife accompanied Buezo as he went to the bank to deposit money, abandoned the victim's car, bought his plane ticket and went to the airport.

The wife led authorities to Ramirez' car, which was parked in the 8200 block of Tilgham Street, a few days afterwards on March 31.

Police opened the driver's side door and found large amounts of blood on the driver's seat and headrest, court documents said. Evidence allegedly supports that a gun had been fired from inside the car, and there was a bullet hole in the passenger's side door.

A bullet was also found underneath the driver's seat, police said.

Anyone with information related to the whereabouts of Ramirez or Buezo is asked to contact the HPD Homicide Division at 713-308-3600 or Crime Stoppers at 713-222-TIPS.