Sandra Velasco

A man has been charged by the Los Angeles county District Attorney’s office with murdering his wife even though the woman’s body has not been found.

Hector Veloz, 46, was charged was charged on June 29 with one count of murder with the allegations of lying in wait and using a deadly and dangerous weapon — a knife — nearly two weeks after the disappearance of his wife, 52-year-old Sandra Velasco.

Veloz was scheduled to be arraigned that day, but the arraignment was continued to Aug. 2.

Velasco was last seen at a storage unit in the 7900 block of Willis Avenue in Panorama City on June 18, police said. According to a release from the District Attorney’s office, Velasco disappeared after allegedly meeting Veloz, who is accused of fatally stabbing her. 

The victim’s daughter told City News Service that the couple had a tempestuous relationship and did not live together.

The Los Angeles Police Department’s Robbery-Homicide Division, which handles high-profile cases, continues to investigate.

If convicted as charged, Veloz could face the death penalty or life in prison without parole. Prosecutors will decide at a later time whether to seek the death penalty.