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In 2007, a man was found dead in Arizona and the suspect fled to Mexico. Police say they have finally caught the man.

Source: Pinal County Sheriff’s Office

Jan. 13 2022, Published 10:38 a.m. ET

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After nearly 15 years without an answer, police in Arizona said they arrested the suspect in a 2007 cold-case homicide.

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On Oct. 29, 2007, deputies of the Pinal County Sheriff’s Office in Arizona were called to West Groves Road after hunters discovered a body in the desert.

The victim was identified as Artur Martinez-Altamirano, 37, according to the Pinal County Sheriff’s Office.

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His death was ruled a homicide, and Oscar Tejeda-Mejia was identified as a suspect, according to the sheriff’s office. Police could not find the suspect and the case went cold.

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In 2017, deputies learned Tejeda-Mejia was living in Mexico, according to the sheriff’s office. In 2018, a DNA sample was acquired thanks to a person close to the suspect, and it confirmed he was involved in the homicide.

Tejeda-Mejia was recently arrested with the help of the U.S. Marshals and Interpol. On Jan. 12, he was booked into the Pinal County jail on a count of first-degree murder.

"I am impressed by my Detectives and their commitment to bringing this suspect to justice. When political boundaries threatened to derail their progress, our guys and gals got creative," said Sheriff Mark Lamb said in announcing the arrest. "It is our job to make sure violent criminals are not permitted to live freely while their victims' families suffer. We are hopeful this will bring some peace to those who have waited so long for closure."


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