Suspect in Pflugerville man's death is the same man who killed an 8-year-old Austin girl in 1982
he Pflugerville Police Department sent Tuesday a press release, saying Pflugerville PD investigators identified Raul Meza Jr as a person of interest in the death of Jesse Fraga, 80. Meza has been convicted of crimes dating back to the 1970s, including the rape and murder of 8-year-old Kendra Page of Austin in 1982, per AP.
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AUSTIN (KXAN) – A suspect in the death of an 80-year-old Pflugerville man whose body was found Saturday is the same person convicted of raping and killing an 8-year-old girl over 40 years ago.
The Pflugerville Police Department sent Tuesday a press release, saying Pflugerville PD investigators identified Raul Meza Jr. as a person of interest in the death of Jesse Fraga, 80. On Thursday, it identified him as a suspect and said it was actively searching for him. It noted he "has a prior conviction for a murder in Travis County in 1982 and his last known address was within the City of Pflugerville."
Meza has been convicted of crimes dating back to the 1970s, including the rape and murder of 8-year-old Kendra Page of Austin in 1982, per the Associated Press.
On New Year's Eve 1975, 15-year-old Raul Meza Jr., along with three others, robbed an Austin convenience store. During the robbery, the manager was led to a walk-in refrigerator, where he was shot in the back and left, according to court documents. The manager survived his gun shot wound and testified at Meza’s trial.
Meza received a 20-year sentence for his involvement in the robbery but got out on parole after serving just five years, according to the Hoover Institute.
Then, less than 10 years later, Meza raped and murdered 8-year-old Kendra Page while still on parole for the aggravated robbery. Her body was found in a southeast Austin elementary school dumpster on Jan. 3, 1982.
Meza was convicted of murdering Page and was sentenced to 30 years in prison but served just over 11. In 1993, after accumulating enough good behavior credit, Meza was released on parole, per New York Times reporting at the time.
But people in Central Texas nearly 30 years ago did not welcome his release. Correction officials tried to relocate Meza to six different cities, and everywhere he went, residents protested, according to the Washington Post.
After a year and a half of living free, Meza violated a term of his parole and was sent back to prison. He stayed in prison until 2002 when he was transferred to a minimum security wing of the Travis County jail, where he remained for over a decade, per Fox News.