A former Marine on the U.S. Marshals Service’s 15 Most Needed fugitives record was captured in El Salvador on Monday, greater than six years after his girlfriend was discovered lifeless in a San Diego house.
U.S. and Salvadoran authorities arrested Raymond Samuel McLeod, 38, of Phoenix, at round 4:30 p.m., in line with an company spokesperson. He was instructing English in Sonsonate, a metropolis within the southwestern a part of the nation.
McLeod had been on the run since June 10, 2016, when San Diego police responded to a 911 name a couple of girl not inhaling an house within the 7600 block of Mission Gorge Highway in San Diego, the U.S. Marshals Service stated.
The girl, later recognized as Krystal Mitchell, 30, of Phoenix, was pronounced lifeless on the scene. She’d been strangled, in line with NBC San Diego.
Detectives decided Mitchell was final seen alive with McLeod, main authorities to challenge a warrant for his arrest on a homicide cost, the U.S. Marshals Service stated. The couple had been within the metropolis visiting associates on the time of the girl’s demise, in line with the company, which was requested to hitch the manhunt for McLeod in December 2016.
He was added to the U.S. Marshals Service’s Most Wanted list in 2017.
A “wanted” poster for McLeod says he left the state instantly after Mitchell’s demise and was believed to be in Mexico. It additionally described him as “an avid physique builder and a heavy drinker.” The previous Marine has a historical past of home violence, in line with authorities.
A reward of $50,000 was provided for any data resulting in his arrest.
There had been sightings of McLeod round Central America over time, together with in Belize, officers stated.
It was not clear Tuesday how authorities discovered him. Particulars of his seize weren’t launched.
McLeod is at the moment in custody in El Salvador and can quickly be introduced again to California, authorities stated.
Todd Miyazawa contributed.