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Murder suspect Eduardo Estrada arrested in Mexico

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Estrada in Custody

Elko Police Chief Ben Reed, left, talks Monday about the apprehension of alleged murderer Eduardo Estrada. Estrada allegedly murdered his estranged wife, Stephanie Gonzalez, in 2011 in Elko. At center, holding a photograph of her daughter and grandchildren is Lidia Cortes. At right is Elko Police Lt. Rich Genseal.

UPDATE 3:00 p.m.

Elko Police Chief Ben Reed said Estrada was arrested by local authorities Sunday near the city of Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. He was apparently involved in a fight, which led to the arrest, but Elko police do not have more details, Reed said.

Local law enforcement received news of Estrada's arrest at about 9 p.m. Sunday. Federal authorities have him in custody, Reed said.

The next step is extradition proceedings, a process that will be slow-moving, Reed said. 

“We’ve been advised already that it will be a months-long process," Reed said. "… I don’t want to speculate as to how or when. I just want to say he’s in custody.”

Elko Police Lt. Rich Genseal said extradition could take from six months to two years. 

Gonzalez was killed on June 25, 2011. Four days later, Estrada was charged with murder in Elko Justice Court and a state warrant was issued for his arrest.

Then on July 8, 2011, a federal arrest warrant was issued by the United States District Court in Nevada. Estrada was charged with unlawful flight to avoid prosecution.

Estrada was one of America's Most Wanted and FBI's Top Ten Most Wanted, Genseal said.

ELKO – A three-year manhunt has ended with the arrest of the lone suspect in the 2011 slaying of Stephanie Gonzalez, according to Elko police.

Eduardo Estrada, 32, was located in Mexico. He was wanted for murdering his estranged wife in her home on Garcia Lane.

Elko police hosted a press conference at 2 p.m. today regarding the arrest.

This story will be updated at more information becomes available.


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