Carthage Man Allegedly Kills Wife in Kansas, Drives Body to Missouri: Arrested on Murder Charges

Louisburg, Kansas – A tragic incident unfolded as a Carthage man stands accused of killing his wife in Miami County, Kansas, then taking her body to Jasper County, Missouri, before reporting her death to authorities. The victim, identified as Kenia Lopez, 24, from Carthage, met a gruesome fate according to law enforcement officials.

Investigations revealed that Lopez met her demise in the 33500 block of Metcalf Road near Louisburg, Kansas, before her body and a camper were transported to Carthage, Missouri. Gavino McJunkins-Macias, the husband of the victim, currently faces charges of abandonment of a corpse in Jasper County Circuit Court and second-degree murder in Miami County District Court.

Carthage Police Department detectives described the heinous crime as a “violent murder in Kansas” perpetrated by McJunkins-Macias. Reports indicate that after committing the act, he drove his wife’s body across state lines to Carthage, where he left her unattended in a camper while he dealt with family matters and consulted with an attorney.

Following a 911 call made by McJunkins-Macias reporting his wife’s body in the camper, he was promptly arrested. Court documents for the abandonment of a corpse case detailed how he confessed to bringing the camper to Carthage with his wife’s lifeless body inside, leaving it there as he attended to personal affairs.

Surveillance footage in the vicinity of the camper’s location in Carthage captured a truck towing it early in the morning, then leaving the area without the camper a short while later. The case remains under investigation, with authorities urging anyone with relevant information to come forward and assist law enforcement.

To provide insights into the case or share tips, individuals can reach out to the Miami County Sheriff’s Office at the provided contact numbers, ensuring that justice is ultimately served in this tragic turn of events.