UPDATED: April 28, 2014 1:02 p.m.

LANHAM, Md. (WNEW) — Emilia Arabelly Ignacio, of Greenbelt, Md., was found dead Friday afternoon after being reported missing since April 23.

Police say Ignacio, 28, was found in a car parked on Frankfort Drive near the home that she shared with her boyfriend and two children. Police say she had multiple stab wounds to the upper torso. A knife was found in the car.

According to police, she was last seen in the company of her boyfriend, 34-year-old Juan Miguel Roman Balderas, on April 21. Family members reported her missing the evening of April 23 after not having contact from her or Roman.

Police are now searching for Roman, who has been charged with first- and second-degree murder. He is believed to have fled the country, possibly to Mexico.

Police say Ignacio and Roman were supposed to go to dinner Wednesday, but he has not been seen since.

Recently disclosed text messages, sent by Balderas to a family member of the victim, indicated that she may have been in danger.

Balderas is described as a 5-foot-5 Hispanic male who weighs around 170 pounds. He has black hair and brown eyes. He may be driving a red 2007 Jeep Grand Cherokee with Maryland tags “1AG9751.”

The investigation is ongoing.

Anyone with information as to the whereabouts of Roman is urged to contact the Greenbelt Police Department at 240-542-2133.

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WNEW’s Heather Curtis contributed to this report. Follow her and WNEW on Twitter.


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