HENRICO, VA (WWBT) – Police have now named a suspect in the murder of Susana Cisneros, whose body was found overnight along West Broad Street across from Willow Lawn. A warrant for first degree murder has been issued for 27-year-old Gregory Nelson Jr. He's now the focus of an intense police search.
Late Wednesday, NBC12 got word from the state medical examiner's office that Susana Cisneros died from multiple sharp force injuries, indicating she may have been stabbed numerous times.
Her family is now struggling to understand how the hope of new life could be taken away so abruptly. Cisneros' loved ones explained her affair with her alleged murderer was private. She told few people about it.
"She keep it on her side without letting anybody know," her brother said. "He's a married man and he got kids and she's single."
Her brother explained Susana and Gregory Nelson had been seeing each other for about a year, meeting when they both worked at the Chipotle he managed. They said they were not surprised when she left her parent's home to meet him Tuesday night. The concern came when she never returned and her cell phone was turned off. Her brother and sister started a search and first discovered the car he lent her. The passenger side door was a bloody mess.
"I figured she was in labor because she was getting ready to have a baby," he said. "I called my wife I said 'Call the hospitals; do something. She's not here. She's not in the truck.' I wasn't thinking for the worst."
The worst would come minutes later when her sister made a gruesome discovery.
"She can see her blanket and she can see her hand sticking up," he said.
Police describe the murder as brutal.
Her family said Nelson is the father of the baby boy, due in just two weeks. Despite circumstances, Cisneros was excited about the future.
"Raise the kid by herself, that's what she always said," her brother told us. "Said 'I don't need nobody to raise my kid."
Now just a week after a baby shower, the Cisneros are planning a funeral.
"I promise my sister that I will find justice for the one that did it," Cisneros said.
We obtained an affidavit from the court, which allows detectives to collect everything from blood samples to knives. We haven't found out just what they took from the scene yet.
It's interesting to note, Susana's family said Nelson called the family's home after her phone was turned off, asking where she was and saying he hadn't seen her.
Another part of this investigation expands into Chesterfield. Police spent much of the day at Nelson's home on Scotts Bluff Lane...that's near Cogbill Road.
Henrico police spent about an hour collecting evidence from Gregory Nelson Junior's house. Chesterfield Police had been watching the home through most of the day as the manhunt intensified for Nelson.
The murder suspect was last seen in his black Toyota Camry with Virginia tags XSH-4405. Police believe he has family in northern Virginia. When officers first got to his house, two women, including Nelson's wife, were asked to leave. Police say there's no indication at this time the women are involved in the murder investigation.
Nelson's wife returned home during the search, but had to wait until investigators finished up before they could go back inside. Edwin Beaver lives near Nelson's home but never met him.
"I had waved at the gentleman. He was in the driveway it was snowing that was it," Beaver said.
Beaver says the drama that's unfolding in this quiet neighborhood is leaving him feeling a bit uneasy.
"I thought it was a break in or something. I heard about that lady the homicide in Henrico County - other than that I don't know," he said.
Nelson's family remains inside, with a police officer watching the house. If you have information about this call Crime Stoppers at 780-1000.