The Nogales Police Department said a 21-year-old woman was found dead Wednesday on the 400 block of West Anza Drive, and a suspect is in custody in Mexico.
The victim was identified as Emily Daniela Casarez of Nogales, NPD said in a news release. She was found with signs of trauma, but police didn’t specify a cause of death.
NPD said the apparent homicide was reported at 7 p.m. on Nov. 4.
A suspect in the incident, Abelardo Aguilar, Jr., 38, of Nogales, was detained in Nogales, Sonora on Wednesday evening. NPD Lt. Robert Thompson confirmed to the NI that Aguilar was the driver of a white van who was arrested after fleeing from Mexican border authorities at the Mariposa Port of Entry.
Radio XENY reporter Cesar Barron reported that a man was arrested around 6 p.m. on Wednesday after threatening Mexican SAT officials and subsequently crashing his vehicle. The man was found with a pistol and 400 grams of meth, Barron wrote in a Facebook post.
However, Aguilar’s arrest in Mexico was not related to the incident in Nogales, Ariz., Thompson said. On Thursday afternoon, Aguilar, a U.S. citizen, was still in the custody of Mexican authorities, he said.
Thompson confirmed that Casarez and Aguilar lived together at the house on Anza Drive where the homicide occurred. Court records submitted to the NI showed the pair applied for a marriage license on Sept. 11.
It’s not uncommon for individuals suspected of committing crimes in the United States to be arrested in Mexico. Thompson said that in these situations, U.S. Marshals Service typically handles paperwork and processing to have suspects extradited to the United States.
In this case, however, Aguilar could face separate charges in Mexico, which Thompson said might be prosecuted prior to any extradition.