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HCSO: Man confessed to killing woman

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If it weren't for the yellow caution tape still tied to some stairs, you'd never know a body was found at the Cypress Creek Cottages.

"These poor people definitely had some problems and unfortunately, they brought them to Wimberley," said local resident Monica Hudson.

The cottages, located in the 100 block of Scudder Lane, are now the scene of a homicide investigation.

"We received a 911 call, through our communications center, of a woman laying out in the drive that appeared to be unresponsive," said Hays County Sheriff Gary Cutler.

Cutler says the guest at Cypress Creek noticed the 45-year-old woman had a stab wound.

"We did recover a knife at the scene," he added. "Officers got there, they found a deceased female and also another man on the property, who they took into custody."

Shaun Mireles, 22, was found inside the cottage the two had checked into the day before, with self-inflicted stab wounds to the chest, according to investigators. He was airlifted to an Austin hospital, after confessing to the killing.

"We know at 9 o'clock the owner fixed her TV and he was the last one to talk to the two of them and so, between 9 and 8:15 this morning we're still determining what could have happened at that time," said Cutler.

Monica Hudson says it's a small community, but they do get their fair share of out-of-town visitors.

Hudson added, "All the influences from the bigger cities are coming in and it just seems like we have to keep our eyes and ears open more."

Authorities are not disclosing the relationship between the 45-year-old victim and 22-year-old suspect, but we do know they're both from San Antonio and have criminal records.

Even though a knife was recovered from the scene, investigators stress they won't know the official cause of death until the autopsy results come back.

The victim has a different last name than Mireles. Authorities will release her identity when her next of kin has been notified.

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