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Woman's husband sought in slaying

COVINGTON - A Covington man is being sought by federal, state and local authorities in connection with the slaying of a Covington woman whose body was found Saturday night, according to John Bankhead, spokesman for the Georgia Bureau of Investigation.

Carmen Guanchez, 27, of 15 Ashley Court, was found dead in her home after co-workers, neighbors and a roommate became concerned when the woman failed to show up for work, Bankhead said, adding she worked for an Atlanta area Hilton Inn.

"They called the Newton County Sheriff's Office and they went inside and found her dead," Bankhead said early Monday before autopsy results were back. "Her death is very suspicious and everything points to homicide."

By mid-morning, authorities had determined her death was a homicide and warrants were issued for her husband, Porfiro Guanchez, 27, who also may be known as Porfiro Roman.

Bankhead said the husband, who is Hispanic, had apparently fled in a white 2003 Ford pickup with Georgia license number ASI 6615.

The Newton County Sheriff's Office has outstanding warrants against Guanchez for malice murder, felony murder, aggravated assault, cruelty to children in the second degree and concealing the death of another.

Bankhead said the GBI had been called in to assist the NCSO with the investigation and investigators had first feared the woman's two children were missing. A Levi's call for the 3-year-old boy and the 6-year-old girl was in the process of being issued when it was discovered the two children were with a relative and were safe.

Bankhead declined to give the cause of death or go into any detail on the results of the autopsy.

"We're not commenting on the cause of death at this point," he said.

Bankhead said it appeared the woman had been dead 24 to 48 hours before her body was found.

Television news reported the victim had notified the NCSO and other authorities of domestic abuse and may have sought a restraining order against Guanchez, but NCSO Investigator Sharron Stewart said she had been unable to document those reports.

Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Guanchez a.k.a Roman is asked to call the U.S. Marshals Office at 770-508-2500 or the NCSO at 678-625-1406.

Barbara Knowles can be reached at barbara.knowles@newtoncitizen.com.