Woman found dead at Toot’n Totum Travel Center in east Amarillo


Tuesday evening, Amarillo Police officers were called to the Toot’n Totum Travel Center parking lot in the 8500 block of I-40 east on an unconscious and unresponsive female.

Investigators confirmed that 34-year-old Iliana Michelle Garza was declared deceased at that location from an apparent homicide. The Amarillo Police Department Homicide Unit was called to investigate. 

The suspect in this case was identified as 35-year-old John Paul Ortega. 

Ortega was arrested for murder and booked into the Potter County Detention Center. 

Investigators did not release anymore information concerning this incident.

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