Accused Murderer Who Spent More Than 30 Years on the Run Is Set To Stand Trial in the United States

( — The man wanted for killing his wife in West Falls Church, Virginia, in 1991 was finally in police custody after 33 years on the run following his capture in Costa Rica last year, Northern Virginia Magazine reported.

In a press conference on Monday, Fairfax County Police Chief Kevin Davis said Jose Lazaro Cruz evaded accountability for the murder of his wife Ana Jurado for 33 years.

On April 30, 1991, Fairfax police were called to a stabbing in West Falls Church. Responding officers discovered the body of Ana Jurado, a 24-year-old mother of three, lying in the road.

Detectives identified Larazo Cruz, her estranged husband, as the killer. However, Larazo Cruz evaded arrest, first attempting to cross the Canadian border where he was stopped. He then fled to El Salvador, a country without a formal extradition process with the United States.

According to Fairfax Deputy Chief Eli Corey, the detectives in charge of the case, Rich Peters and Fred Pfeiff, worked with El Salvador for years to arrange the return of the fugitive.

In July 2022, Larazo Cruz attempted to travel from Nicaragua to Costa Rica but was detained by authorities.

The US Department of Justice then worked to secure Larazo Cruz’s arrest and extradition. Eighteen months later, Cruz was transported to the Fairfax County Adult Detention Center.

According to Deputy Chief Corey, in the more than 30 years that he evaded capture, Lazaro Cruz got remarried and had more children while working as a truck driver.

Fairfax Police Lt. Aaron Pfeiff, the son of lead detective Fred Pfeiff, said the evidence collected during his father’s investigation would be used at the trial.

Pfeiff, who was 14 at the time of Jurado’s murder, said Larazo Cruz’s arrest meant a lot to him and his family, calling it a testament to his father’s “dedication and legacy.” He said it was his father’s “duty” and “commitment” to bring “closure” to the families of victims.

Fred Pfeiff retired in 1994.

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