According to the note of the investigators, Raymond McLeod Jr., 37, strangled Krystal Mitchell, 30, on June 10, 2016 while the two were visiting a friend of McLeod’s in San Diego. Now the former soldier is one of the fugitives “15 Most Wanted“of the United States. La United States Marshals Service (federal agency dependent on the Justice Department) also announced an unprecedented reward for information leading to McLeod’s arrest.
“Raymond McLeod will be the first fugitive in history on the 15 Most Wanted list with an initial reward of up to $ 50,000,” he said. USMS director Donald Washington. “We want McLeod’s new fugitive status and the amount of the reward to be conveyed everywhere and by any means. McLeod poses a significant threat to citizenship and must be brought to justice. “
McLeod’s friend found the dead young woman in the guest room of his apartment, but the murderer lost his track. San Diego judges immediately charged McLeod with murder, but authorities have never been able to find him: he has since avoided capture.
“We will not allow this defendant to run away from justice and get away with it,” he said San Diego County District Attorney Summer Stephan in a press release.
Police are confident that McLeod fled to Central America. Shortly after allegedly killing Mitchell, McLeod rented a car at San Diego International Airport. The car was found abandoned in Mazatlan, Mexico on June 13, 2016, according to a report by American authorities.
Deputy Inspector Frankie Sanchez said in an interview that McLeod was spotted in a hostel in Guatemala in 2017. The former marine also emerged in Belize in 2018, according to the USMS press release.
The mother of the murdered young woman,former police detective Josephine Wentzel, has been posting photographs of the Navy veteran on social media for years. McLeod has a muscular physique and unique tattoos that cover his lower arms. “Capturing that man will not bring my daughter back, but it will prevent this monster from killing someone else’s mother, daughter or sister,” Wentzel said in a press release released by the San Diego District Attorney.
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