RIO RANCHO, N.M. (KRQE) – An early morning call turned into a homicide investigation, Rio Rancho Police Department (RRPD) said. According to RRPD, a call for help came in at 4:13 a.m. from a family member of 23-year-old Matthew Chavez, saying Chavez admitted to shooting his girlfriend, Jordan Gallegos.

Police say they went to the caller’s home, but Chavez had already left in a white sedan before they arrived. Officers were able to call the suspect who was driving around the metro with the woman’s body inside his car. Police convinced the suspect to drive back to Rio Rancho and park at the Premiere 14 Movie Theater parking lot where he surrendered and was taken into custody.

According to a criminal complaint, Gallegos’ body was found in the backseat under blankets. Police say a motive is still unknown. Chavez is facing an open count of murder.