DENVER (KDVR) — A missing Denver woman was found dead in a rural section of Adams County, police announced Friday afternoon.
According to the Denver Police Department, 24-year-old Jasmin Cigarroa had not been seen or heard from since Tuesday.
“This is not something we were expecting but at least we have her body now,” said Francisco Cigarroa, Jasmin’s brother.
On Thursday, DPD investigators “obtained information” leading them to a rural area in Adams County, according to police. However, the search was suspended due to darkness.
On Friday morning, the search resumed near East 26th Avenue and Powhaton Road. Searchers found what are believed to be Cigarroa’s remains.
The Denver Office of the Medical Examiner will officially identify the remains and determine a cause of death.
On Friday afternoon, DPD arrested 23-year-old Jonathan Nuno Mijangos for investigation of first-degree murder. His mugshot has not yet been released.
Police believe the homicide was domestic violence-related.
“Let this be a lesson in any abusive relationship,” Francisco said.
Nuno Mijangos has yet to be charged in the investigation but according to court records, in 2019 he faced multiple charges related to domestic violence. One of the charges included strangulation.
Francisco said after the 2019 argument, Jasmin dropped her charges against Nuno Mijangos and the couple stayed together.
“They aren’t safe with these toxic guys that can hurt them,” Francisco said.
He said he hopes his sister’s death will start a movement and help other women in abusive relationships get help.
“I am going after him legally. I am doing everything I can to get as many years as possible and make sure he doesn’t get out of jail,” Francisco said.
Jasmin was just a few months shy of graduating with her master’s degree in accounting. Francisco said along with their family, she also leaves behind her beloved dog Minnie.
Anyone with information in the case is asked to contact Metro Denver Crime Stoppers at: 720-913-7867.
If you are a victim of domestic abuse, you can call: 800.799.SAFE (7233) to reach the National Domestic Abuse Hotline.