More information on 'person of interest' in Carrollton murder case



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Posted on October 31, 2011 at 5:26 PM

Updated Tuesday, Nov 1 at 10:45 AM

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CARROLLTON -- Jose Sifuentes has lived in an apartment on Beltline Road in Carrollton for about a month with his fiancée and child.  

A neighbor, who would only identify himself as Jose, said he saw Sifuentes around midnight on Saturday about the time Jasmen Gonzalez' family noticed she was missing.

"I saw him. I was on the phone sitting in my van talking to my family,” said Jose. “He pulled up and parked. Took a bike out. He left a few minutes later. The police drove up."

Monday afternoon police questioned Jose and showed him pictures of Sifuentes and his girlfriend.

News 8 obtained a photo of Sifuentes from his facebook page. Jose confirmed for News 8 the man in the photo is the same man police have in custody.

After Jose was questioned, police took a green child's bicycle as evidence. Jose said when he saw Sifuentes on Saturday night he did not appear troubled.

"I saw him calm," Jose said.  

Jose said he now feels odd knowing that Jasmen may have been inside Sifuentes' black SUV which was searched Sunday night for blood evidence.

"I couldn't see who else was in the truck and I didn't think it was important, what I saw at the time," he said.

Sifuentes is on Immigration and Customs Enforcement hold, meaning he is in the country illegally. Sources said he may have been deported once before.

Police said Sifuentes was working as a construction worker. They did DNA swabs of his body hoping to link him to the crime through physical evidence.

Sifuentes has been charged with "immigration hold" and other charges are pending.