man arrested and charged with murder in woman’s disappearance | Oregon News

MOSES LAKE, Wash. (AP) — Police in Hermiston, Oregon, arrested a former resident of Moses Lake, Wash., in the disappearance last week of 30-year-old Yanira Cedillos.

At a news conference Thursday, Moses Lake Police Department Capt. Mike Williams said Hermiston officers arrested Juan Gastelum on Wednesday night, the Columbia Basin Herald reported.

Gastelum has been charged with second-degree murder and the rape of Cedillos, who was last seen early on March 4 celebrating her birthday with friends at Papa’s Casino in Moses Lake, Williams said.

Detectives learned that Cedillos had received calls and texts that night from Gastelum, with whom she had lived and been romantically involved, Williams said. Williams said police determined that Gastelum picked up Cedillos and took her to his apartment in Moses Lake.

Cedillos’ family reported her missing after she failed to show up for work.

political cartoons

Williams said Cedillos’ body has not been found and detectives have collected evidence showing Cedillos was killed in her apartment.

Gastelum remains in the Umatilla County Jail pending extradition to Washington. Williams said Gastelum was arrested without incident. It was not immediately clear whether he had an attorney to comment on his behalf.

Williams said the investigation into Cedillo’s murder is ongoing.

Copyright 2022 The Associated press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Comments are closed.