Authorities: RuCo woman murdered, her small children found home alone

Dec 29, 2020

RCSO: Juan Francisco Lugo, 41, of Floyd Avenue in Murfreesboro has been charged for the murder of his wife, Brecka Nicole Lugo, 29, of New Zion Road, on Monday, Dec. 28, 2020.
Credit RCSO

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Mike Osborne)  --  A woman’s body was found in a Rutherford County ditch Monday, and authorities have arrested a Murfreesboro man in connection with her death.

The Rutherford County Sheriff’s Office says the parents of Brecka Lugo found the 29-year-old woman missing and her two small children alone in their New Zion Road home early Monday morning.

Her body was found minutes later in a ditch along Oak Grove Road, three miles southwest of Murfreesboro. Evidence at the scene suggested homicide.

Investigators say they quickly developed Brecka Lugo’s estranged husband as a suspect in her death. Deputies arrested Juan Lugo a short time later on I-24.

He was booked into the Rutherford County Jail on a charge of Frist Degree Murder and a half-million-dollar bond.