Authorities arrested a Renton man in connection with the murder of a woman whose body was found in a wooded area in the Buckhorn Wilderness south of Blyn on Friday, the Clallam County Sheriff’s Office said.
Alejandro Aguilera-Rojas, 23, was booked into the Clallam County jail at 12:15 a.m. today for investigation of second-degree murder.
He was expected to make a preliminary appearance in Clallam County Superior Court at 3 p.m. on Feb. 20.
The sheriff’s office later identified the woman as 21-year-old Dioneth Lopez of San Pablo, Calif.
Aguilera-Rojas was arrested near his King County residence Wednesday and transported by deputies to Port Angeles, Clallam County Chief Criminal Sheriff’s Deputy Brian King said.
He had been under surveillance of sheriff’s detectives and the FBI.
“He was interviewed yesterday evening and arrested as a result of those interviews and additional evidence,” King said Thursday.
King said Aguilera-Rojas had a close personal relationship with Lopez, law enforcement officials said. There were no other suspects in the case, King said.
Deputies were dispatched to an arterial to Forest Road 28 south of Blyn last Friday after a passerby reported seeing the woman who did not respond, Sgt. John Hollis has said.
This story is developing.
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