Veneranda Nanda Flores and her killer, Juan Manuel Gonzalez, will be featured on the crime documentary show Who Killed Jane Doe? on Investigation Discovery. Veneranda Flores disappeared from her home in Albuquerque, New Mexico, in December of 2014. Her body was later found in 2015, but an identification wasn’t made until more than a year later. Who Killed Jane Doe‘s crime story this week is called “Daughter, Sister, Diamond, Doe.”
Who Killed Jane Doe? Episode “Daughter, Sister, Diamond, Doe” on Investigation Discovery
When Oklahoma highway workers find the body of a woman, her case goes cold for more than a year, until she is finally identified and a secret life is revealed.
True Crime Story: Veneranda “Nanda” Flores and Juan Manuel Gonzalez
Veneranda “Nanda” Flores went missing days before Christmas in 2014. Two things were said: she was last seen outside a casino entering a truck with a man, whose last name was Gonzalez, and she was last seen with her boyfriend. It was strange because Veneranda Flores was looking forward to speaking to her father for his birthday and entertaining family and friends for the holiday. When she didn’t come home, everyone knew something happened to her.
The mystery took more than a year to solve. Family members say they didn’t know Veneranda “Nanda” Flores was living a double life. Originally from Las Vegas, Nevada, later relocating to Albuquerque, New Mexico, Veneranda Flores told her father she was living a good life, which included a nice apartment, good friends, and a job with a tax firm.
Authorities say none of it was true. Instead, she lived in a trailer in a seedy part of town and worked as an escort online. It was that job that led to her death, according to authorities, who say she met a 40-year-old trucker who hired her, then killed her, dumping the body along I-40 in Hinton, near Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. The body, which was decomposed when they found it on April 7, 2015, was clothed in jewelry and socks. Nothing else.
From there, the case went dead cold.
Missing But Body Found Elsewhere
Veneranda “Nanda” Flores was missing. Glendale, Arizona, resident, Juan Manuel Gonzalez, was one of the last people to have communicated with her. Juan’s response was—he only hired Veneranda for companionship and not for sensual services. Police had no evidence linking him to her body, so they were unable to make an arrest.
The family had no idea 24-year-old Veneranda “Nanda” Flores’ body had been found and stored as a ‘Jane Doe.’ Medical examiners were unable to determine an exact cause of death due to the condition of the remains.
When she disappeared, Veneranda “Nanda” Flores’ relatives made sure she wasn’t forgotten and that her case stayed before the public by maintaining a Facebook page dedicated to solving her case. Her obituary states she was a loving and caring person.
The Albuquerque Journal stated killer Juan Manuel Gonzalez was offered a plea deal in exchange for 12 years in prison and 30 years probation. Since Gonzalez was a long haul truck driver, many wonder if he had other victims. He never told police or the family how and why he killed her. According to CrimeFeed, many serial killers are attracted to the truck driving industry. Lack of connection to an area, long distance driving, the lonely nature of the job, and the anonymity makes truck driving an ideal job for a serial killer.
Who Killed Jane Doe? airs tomorrow night at 10/9 p.m. Central on ID.
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