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Two women were murdered in Utah on Feb. 9 — but years apart. Police say they just arrested the cold-case killer.

Source: Utah Department of Public Safety, MEGA

Jan. 10 2022, Published 2:25 p.m. ET

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Two women were found murdered in Utah on Feb. 9, but years apart. A decade later, police say they have caught the cold-case killer.

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Juan Arreola-Murrillo, 41, has been charged with aggravated murder, aggravated robbery and aggravated burglary, KUTV 2 reported.

Court documents show that investigators have known Arreola-Murrillo’s identity since 2016, when a fingerprint found at one of the murder scenes was matched to him.

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The Salt Lake County District Attorney’s Office confirmed to KUTV-2 that Arreola-Murrillo was extradited from Mexico to Utah last week.


On Feb. 9, 2006, 29-year-old Sonia Mejia was attacked in a home invasion in Salt Lake City, Utah. She was beaten, raped and strangled to death, according to police and reported by FrontPageDetectives.

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Mejia was six months pregnant with her second child at the time of her death.

Exactly two years later, 57-year-old Damiana Castillo was strangled to death in her apartment. She lived only a few blocks from Mejia.

Investigators have not revealed how the date of Feb. 9 is significant or whether it is at all.

Arreola-Murrillo is being held in the Salt Lake County Jail, according to KUTV-2.


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