Travis County Sheriff's deputies say they are working around the clock to solve the brutal murder of Christie Espinoza that happened in the early morning hours of Wednesday, February 25.
Investigators say Christy Espinosa's charred body was found along Imperial Drive in northeastern Travis County around 5 a.m. Wednesday.
"We're not sure who she was seen with," said Roger Wade with the Travis County Sheriff's Office.
A neighbor who lives next to Espinosa's grandparent's house in southeast Austin, where she also lived, says he is in shock after finding out Thursday what happened.
"I just happened to be talking to one of my coworkers," said Derrick Weidenfeller. "[He] said check this out. I was like,'She looks familiar.' It dawned on me that it was their granddaughter," the neighbor added.
Detectives say Espinosa celebrated Mardi Gras on 6th Street near Trinity, but in the early morning hours on Wednesday she disappeared.
They said a 911 caller reported what appeared to be a grassfire. When authorities arrived on scene, they found the 21 year old's body on fire.
Detectives are not releasing much information, including how they identified her. But they say they are looking for anyone who may have seen Espinosa. According to authorities, the time between her disappearance and when she was found on fire was just a few short hours.
Really they were the only neighbors we talked to," Weidenfeller said. "We'd go over and say hi or whatnot every once in a while," he added.
There is no official cause of death right now, and authorities say if you have information to call them. Detectives say your tip could lead to the person or people responsible.
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