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Arrest Made in Otero County Murder

An arrest has been made in the 2010 murder of Ronnie Griego in Otero County.

Julian Pena-Morales, 39, was arrested in Ipswich, South Dakota Thursday by the Edmunds County Sheriff’s Office on suspicion of murdering Griego. Griego is believed to have been killed July 16, 2010. His body was found near a farm outside of Swink two days later.

Pena-Morales fled the state a short time later, and he remained on the run until he was discovered living under an assumed name in Ipswich.

He is being held on a $600,000 bond in Edmunds County Jail and awaiting extradition to Colorado.