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Pinal County Cold Case Homicide Suspect Found in Mexico

A suspect in a cold case homicide that occurred in Pinal County has been arrested after being located in Mexico.

Pinal County Sheriff’s Office have released details in the arrest of Oscar Tejeda-Mejia who has been identified as a suspect following the 2007 murder of 37-year-old Arturo Martinez-Altamirano. The victim was found in a desert area in Stanfield by hunters in October 2017.

Detectives reopened the case in 2017 and evidence pointed to Tejeda-Mejia. Investigators learned Tejeda-Mejia was living in Mexico and investigators were able to secure a DNA sample from someone who was close to him. The DNA sample obtained positively matched DNA from the murder scene.

U.S. Marshals and INTERPOL were able to located Tejeda-Mejia in Mexico and extradited him to Arizona on Wednesday to be booked into jail on a first-degree murder charge.


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